Jun 4, 2018

2018 NBA Election: Presidential Candiates; Welfare of Lawyers and Nba Activities (Part 2)

The second part of our qualitative assessment of the respective profiles of the 4 (four) NBA Presidential Candidates is centered on their contributions to lawyer welfare and respective law reform contributions as stated in their profiles available online via the following links;  Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, FCIArb; Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, SAN; Mr. Arthur Obi Okafor, SAN FCIArb and Mazi Afam Osigwe, LLM, FCIArb.

The first part was an assessment of their backgrounds and is available here.

Paul Usoro SAN
Contributions to Lawyer Welfare

1.    New hires in PUC being post NYSC enjoy six figures start salaries (minimum of N150,000 and are encouraged to tap into the sustainable growth scheme of the firm.

2.   Young Lawyers benefit from the Firm’s annual Profit Sharing and Bonus schemes.

3.   Paul invests in the mentorship and growth of young lawyers in PUC.

4.   Youth Corpers in PUC paid a minimum of N50,000 monthly and Law School interns have a N20,000 farewell allowance.

5.   From 2008 - nine (9) years and counting, PUC sponsors the Lawyers’ Table Tennis Open (Mfon Usoro Cup), nicknamed the largest sporting event among lawyers, for male and female lawyers. LTTO is a Table Tennis tournament open to lawyers from within and outside Lagos. Travel and accommodation cost for out-of-town lawyers
are underwritten by PUC. Prizes include fully paid return flight ticket to the International Bar Association (“IBA”) Conferences for male and female champions respectively plus attractive prizes for 2nd and 3rd positions.

6.   Sponsorship of lawyers for international LLM programs and capacity building trainings. 

Law Reform Contributions


Drafting and legislative advocacy for industry and National Assembly of the following extant legislation and subsidiary legislation by Paul directly and PUC:

1.     Nigerian Communications Act 2003.

2.     Nigerian Communications (Enforcement Processes etc.) Regulations, 2005.

3.     Annual Operating Levy Regulations, 2014.

4.     Mobile Number Portability Regulations, 2014.

5.     Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act 2007.

6.     Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003. 

7.     Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Bareboat Registration) Regulations 2005. 

8.     Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage (Ship Detention Order) Regulations 2005.

9.     Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act 2007.

10. Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (Annual Subscription and Other Fees) Regulations, 2010.

11. Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act (Professional Misconduct and Discipline Regulations) 2010.

12. Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act 2007 (Registration of Freight Forwarders) Regulations 2010.

13. Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria Act (Organs and Offices of the Council Regulations) 2010.


14.               National Transport Commission Bill (undergoing legislative processes).

15.               Ports and Harbours Authority Bill (undergoing legislative processes).

A draft for a Law Establishing a Liability Regime for Land Transport in Nigeria (Work in Progress).


Contribution to lawyer welfare

·        No Information Provided On Public Profile

Law Reforms

·        Draft Bills

1.  He drafted the Nigerian Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Rules and set up the Institute of Continuing Legal education in 2007.

2.  As Chairman of NBA Law Reform Committee, he produced a new Legal Practitioners Bill in 2004 under President Wole Olanipekun, SAN.

3.  In 2006, the NBA under the leadership of President Olisa Agbakoba SAN requested an amendment in place of a completely new Act and Professor Ojukwu submitted an amended Legal Practitioners Act which was submitted to the National Assembly.

4.  In 2011, the NBA under the leadership of President JB Daudu SAN set up a new Committee to draft a new Legal Practitioners Act. Professor Ojukwu produced a new draft for the Committee pending before the National Assembly today.

5.  Professor Ojukwu also submitted to the NBA, draft bills on Legal Education and Legal Services Commission. Submitted to National Assembly.


Contributions To Lawyer Welfare

·        The sole sponsor of Eastern Bar Forum Unity Football Tournament.

Law Reforms

-         No Information Provided On Public Profile


-         No Information Provided On Public Profile

Our 2018 NBA Elections Qualitative Assessments of Presidential Candidates continues tomorrow. YOU MAY ALSO DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT HERE