The Nigerian Bar Association Section of Business Law (NBA-SBL) held its maiden Northern Zonal Committee conference in Kano on October 12, 2023, with the theme: “Strategic Legal Mastery, Arbitration, Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property Landscapes.”
The conference was aimed at enhancing the capacity of lawyers to expand their practice in aspects of copyright, business and global best practices of commercial law.
The National President of NBA, Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, who was represented by Dr Adeoye Adefulu, said that the NBA-SBL Northern Zonal Committee was committed to promoting commercial law practice in the northern region of Nigeria.
He noted that the conference was an opportunity for lawyers to learn about the latest trends and developments in commercial law, and to network with other practitioners.
In her welcome address, the Chairman, SBL Northern Zonal Committee, Dr Fatima Kere-Ahmed, said that the conference was designed to help lawyers develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in commercial law practice.
She emphasized the importance of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as arbitration, and encouraged lawyers to learn more about these options.
Dr Kere-Ahmed also explained that the NBA-SBL was committed to bridging the gap between commercial law practice in Lagos and other parts of the country.
She said that the section was working to provide more training and support to lawyers in the northern region.
Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Shehu Wada Sagagi, urged young lawyers to take interest in the business aspect of law.
He said that commercial law was essential for economic development, and that lawyers had a key role to play in supporting businesses and investors.