NBA chief urges concerted efforts to revive economy
• Association begins yearly conference tomorrow
A Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) chieftain has called on experts within and outside the country to suggest ways to revive the economy.Speaking yesterday in Abuja, Oladejo Lamikanra, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) expressed concern over the impact of the worsening economic situation on the people.
Lamikanra disclosed that this was why NBA was organising a forum that would provide experts, both lawyers and non-legal practitioners, the opportunity to engage in critical assessment of the economy and suggest ways out of the current recession.
He added that Nigerians, including lawyers were suffering under the prevailing economic situation.Therefore, lawyers have decided not to fold their hands while workers continue to lose their purchasing power.He went on: “We have also decided to examine some of the critical economic issues facing the country.
“This is the reason we have chosen as our central theme for our national conference, ‘Democracy and Economic Development.”We want to discuss the economy in the context of democracy and how democracy could make the economy grow better.
“There is a concern on how democracy constitutes a heavy burden on our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). An average Nigerian is feeling the pinch. We have been dependent on oil alone for too long. How do we diversify? Democracy should improve the economy. Democracy and economy are not mutually exclusive.
Lamikanra, who is the Alternate Chair, NBA Technical Committee on Conference Planning, stressed that this year’s parley scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital between August 19 and 26 would examine how institutions can foster economic growth in a democratic environment.
About 13,000 lawyers from within and outside the country, will attend the event as well as Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who will share his country’s success experience with Nigerians.
According to Lamikanra, the decision to invite Kagame was informed by the fact that his country has continued to grow economically in spite of numerous challenges facing the world economy.
He added that the Minister for Solid Minerals and other government officials would be at the conference to share with Nigerians, information on what the Buhari administration is doing to revive the economy.