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FIDA Bayelsa Honours Corp Members
- Published on Saturday, 08 October 2016 15:01
- Written by Ugonna Bestman Elerueanya
The out-going Batch B Corp members who served and were members of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, FIDA (Nigeria) Bayelsa State Chapter was on Tuesday 4th October, 2016 charged to be diligent and strive for excellence in their future endeavour.
The charge was given at a farewell seminar and cocktail organized in honour of the out-going corp members; various speakers at the event highlighted the tenets and norms of the legal profession which must be upheld by legal practitioners.
Speaking on the topic titled “The benefits of Private Legal Practice”, Barrister Fedudu Zimughan charged the corp members to look inwards,
make up their minds to put their knowledge to work for them, explaining that in the present day Nigeria, there are hardly any white-collar jobs.
Zimughan, a former Commissioner in Bayelsa State adviced the Corp members that to be a successful private practitioner, they must understudy others for some time adding that experience is something you cannot come by just like that. He outlined some success tips for the outgoing corp members which includes patience, focus on excellence rather than monetary gains, be prepared at all times and meticulous preparation of court processes. Zimughan, also pointed out some surest ways to fail in private legal practice such as indolence, never anticipating your opponents, unbridled utterances, engaging in shady dealings and sharp practices as well as engaging in excessive media advocacy.
Also, speaking, Barrister Michael Afenfia, the State Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA spoke on the topic Integrity: “A Must in the Legal Profession”, gave an overview of the various career opportunities available to a trained lawyers. Afenfia explained that to excel in the legal profession, integrity should be held in high esteem speaking from his wealth of experience right from his post call days. The ANA chairman said what has sustained him in all his work experience is integrity adding that clients are looking for people they can commit their properties and valuables that will not tell them stories. Afenfia, who is also the Speech Writer to the Bayelsa State Governor said the Corp members should hold integrity in their various calling with high degree.
In her welcome remarks, Barrister Dise Ogbise-Erhisere highly commended the corp members especially Barrister Bunmi Adedoyin Ibigbami who was posted to the FIDA secretariat from Ministry of Justice.
The FIDA Chairperson, described Barr. Ibigbami as a diligent and hardworking Corp member who gave her best as a secretary, clerk, receptionist and bailiff to the branch. She wished all the corp members a fruitful legal profession and career in life.
Giving a word of advice, Barrister Mariam Kombo-Ezeh, State Co-ordinator, Legal Aid Council and Child Protection Network, CPN charged the Corp members to strive to excel to any height in life; she encouraged them to uphold the code of conduct of the bar.