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Ananaba pledges to promote developmental law


Ananaba (SAN)

The newly elected Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL), Dr. Paul Ananaba (SAN), has pledged to promote public interest and developmental law.

He also said that the aim of the Section would be fully achieved and implemented for the benefits of the citizenry and as a veritable tool for revolutionary change especially if applied judiciously.

SPIDEL is the third Section created by the NBA following the approval of her NEC meeting on September 30, 2006 and was formally inaugurated on December 19, 2006.


According to him, its objectives include to ensure the credulity and development of Nigeria’s national institutions, promote development and practice of public interest law and litigation for victims of violation of law and abuse of power. He said it would also address legal aspects of economic reforms, among others.

“SPIDEL targets primarily, the concept of Public interest litigation as a viable instrument for effecting change in the Nigerian polity.

“This would be solved by pushing for an increase in judicial activism in the non justiceability of the rights set out in chapter II of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria encapsulated in the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy,” he stated, adding that SPIDEL would further seek to create sturdy and sustainable legal and judicial institutions which would aid in the systematic and strategic maximization of the interests and developments of the public and the wider society.

He further stated that the Section would ensure a great organizational support to non-governmental organizations and community organizations engaged in the improvement on the development of Public interest law.

“Therefore, a few unchartered waters must thus be navigated especially in the area of judicial review, human rights, public policy litigation, development of pro bono work, consumer rights, environmental protection and women/ children rights,” he said.

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