• 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Conference Registration

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Welcome Cocktail

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    Sponsored By Paul Usoro SAN (Immediate Past President Of The NBA)


  • 5:30 am - 6:30 am

    5KM Marina Walk/Run

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    Sponsored by Mrs Mia. A. Essien, SAN C.Arb (Immediate Past Chair, NBA-SLP)
  • 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Conference Registration

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am

    Opening Ceremony

    • Tonye Krukrubo , Co-Ordinator
    • Alex Mouka Esq. , Compere

    Welcome Address

    • Oluseun Abimbola, SAN, Fcarb , The Section Chairman
    • Mr Olumide Akpata, President Of The Nigerian Bar Association , The Chief Host
    • Uko Udom, SAN , Hon Attorney General Akwa Ibom
    • Hon. Justice Godwin Abraham , The Chief Judge Of Akwa Ibom State

    Welcome Remarks

    • H.E. Emmanuel Udom , The Guest Of Honour And Governor Of Akwa Ibom State

    Opening Remarks And Conference Declared Open By The Chairman/Special Guest Of Honour

    • Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad, CFR, GCON , Chief Justice Of Nigeria

    Keynote Address

    • The Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila , Speaker, House Of Representatives, Federal Republic Of Nigeria

    Vote of Thanks

    • Chief Ferdinand Orbih, San, Fcarb , Chairman, NBA -SLP 2021 Conference Planning Committee

    Group Photographs

    • Alex Mouka Esq , Compere
    • Alabota Happy-Great , Compere
  • 11:00 am - 11:30 am

    Tea Break

  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Premium Showcase Session

    Making Nigeria Work For Us

    • Paul Usoro SAN – Immediate Past President, NBA , Chairperson
    • H.E. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN – Governor Ondo State , Panelist
    • H.E. Emmanuel Udom – Governor, Akwa Ibom State , Panelist
    • H.E. Nyesom Wike – Governor, Rivers State , Panelist
    • Prof Pat Utomi , Panelist
    • Kadaria Ahmed – Executive Director, Daria Media , Panelist
    • Ayodele Akintunde SAN – Founding Partner, Ayodele Akintunde & Co , Coordinator
    • Abdulrauf Tijjani Aboki , Coordinator
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    This session is centered around the peculiarities of political, economic, and socio-cultural aspects of life in Nigeria from the perspectives of public officers, rights activists, professionals and corporate administrators. It will address in detail contemporary happenings in relation to governance, making institutions work, justice delivery, free and fair elections, systemic corruption, insecurity (kidnappings, insurgency) and emigration of our human resources, with panelists proffering solutions. Co-Hosted By: SLP Council/Constitutional Law/Democratic Process & Electoral Litigation Committees
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

    Plenary Session Two

    Judicial Autonomy; To Whom Much Is Given: What Is Expected?

    • E.C. Ukala SAN – Principal Partner ,E.C. Ukala & Co , Chairperson
    • Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip – President, National Industrial Court , Panelist
    • Hon. Justice O.A. Williams Rtd – Institute Of Paralegal Services , Panelist
    • Dr. Babatunde Ajibade SAN – Chairman, NBA Judiciary Committee , Panelist
    • Honourable Onofiok Luke – Chairman, House Committee On Judiciary , Panelist
    • Uko Udom SAN – Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State , Panelist
    • Mr. JonathanTaidi – Immediate Past General Secretary Nigerian Bar Association , Panelist
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    The issue of the autonomy of the Nigerian judiciary under our constitution has escalated from being a public discourse to court pronouncements and a labor dispute by major operators in the justice sector. As the justice sector pushes for full autonomy, we pause to look ahead and ask what next after judicial autonomy? What will the judiciary and heads of court across states and the federation do with this newfound autonomy to improve the justice sector? Hosted By: SLP Council/Judges Forum Committee
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Plenary Session Three

    Covid 19, Vaccination Mandates And The Law

    • Mrs Miananya Essien SAN – Managing Partner, Principles Law Partnership , Chairperson
    • Laolu Osanyin – Vice Chairman World Association For Medical Law , Panelist
    • Professor Zubairu Iliyasu – Chair, NHREC , Panelist
    • Y. C. Maikyau SAN – Principal Counsel, Y. C. Maikyau & Co , Panelist
    • Agba Eimujenze – Founding Partner, Aarendale Solicitors , Panelist
    • Aisha Ado Adbullahi Esq , Panelist
    • Esosa Omo-Usoh – Managing Partner, Solola & Akpana , Coordinator
    • Nneka Oyegbaren , Coordinator
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    The raging pandemic remains a challenge to world economies. In order to get us back to normality governments world over have provided for the vaccination of citizens. This session intends to examine extant laws on infectious diseases, and COVID 19 regulations. Is a treaty desirable in this age of global pandemics? What has been the impact on law practice, labor relations on whether employees must all be vaccinated before resumption of physical duties, international travel, etc.? It will also look at its impact generally on how businesses cope and the emergence of “work from home” (WFH) policies on delivery of legal services by law firms and required structures. Co-Hosted By: Law & Individual Rights/Medicine And The Law Committees
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Social Event – Lawyers Nite Out


  • 6:30 am - 8:00 am

    Golf Tournament/ Aerobics

  • 9:00 am - 10:30 am


    The End Of Litigators? Awakening The Next Generation

    • Funke Adekoya SAN – Partner, AELEX , Chairperson
    • Mrs Boma Ayomide Alabi, OON SAN – Founding Partner, Primera Africa Legal , Panelist
    • Soibi Ovia – Partner, Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe , Panelist
    • Chukwuka Ikwuazom, SAN – Partner, Aluko & Oyebode) , Panelist
    • Dr Orowhuo Okocha – Assistant Managing Solicitor Okocha & Okocha Legal Practitioners And Notary Public , Panelist
    • Adesile Obasa Esq – Pelican Crest Legal Practitioners , Panelist
    • Akinola Sadiq , Coordinator
    • Oluwatosin Amadi , Coordinator
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    Foremost silks, and advocates at large are passing the torch to the emerging generation of legal practitioners. From full litigation firms to specialist and boutique firms, and on to full-service firms carrying different practice areas of interest, the practice of law in the country has turned full circle. Our discussion will highlight the views of the new generation of advocates and lawyers generally with respect to issues related to practice proficiency, and challenges, realities of “equity partners” and simpler issues of formation and running of today’s law firms. Co-Hosted By: Civil Litigation/Criminal Litigation / Law Firm Management Committees
  • 10:30 am - 11:00 am

    Tea Break

  • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm



    • Chief Assam Assam, SAN – Principal Partner, Lexi Fori Partners , Chairperson
    • Tola Oshobi, SAN – Partner, Babalakin & Co. , Panelist
    • Tunde Babalola, SAN – Afe Babalola & Co. , Panelist
    • Olumide Balogun – Regional Manager SMEs, Ecobank Transnational Inc. , Panelist
    • Jibrin S. Okutepa, SAN – Principal Partner, J.S. Okutepa SAN & Co. , Panelist
    • Ummahani Amin – Managing Partner, Met Law Firm , Panelist
    • Prof Augustine Agom PhD , Coordinator
    • Jonathan Uwandu , Coordinator
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    Producers of goods, and providers of professional services enjoy bankable support from banks. However, legal services and law firms, especially in nigeria still Lack the ready financial intermediation acceptance from banks and financial institutions for funding legal service operations. What makes legal services bankable? The rules of professional conduct mandates law firms to observe and maintain sound Book-keeping and financial practices especially as it relates to clients’ accounts. This discussion will also address requisite book-keeping practices and efficient financial models, and how these would ensure long term financial stability and ethical law firm practices. Co-Hosted By: Law Firm Management and Professional Ethics Committees
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


  • 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


    Data Protection And Cybersecurity: Are Law Firms Prepared?

    • J-K Gadzama SAN – Principal Partner, J-K Gadzama LLP , Chairperson
    • Ridwan Oloyede, CIPP/E, CIPM – Partner at Tech Hive Advisory , Panelist
    • Nurudeen Odeshina – Co-Founder NAIJASECCON; Co-Chair IAPP Nigeria Chapter , Panelist
    • Idris Mohammed – Director At Swap Technologies Telecom Plc , Panelist
    • Inemesit Dike – Chief Executive Officer, Legal Concierge , Panelist
    • Femi Daniel – Head Of Privacy Desk, NITDA , Panelist
    • Tola Anyaru , Coordinator
    • Hannatu Matunji , Coordinator
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    The growth and expansion of ICT and digital based systems across various aspects of human life have become undeniably evident in the legal profession. In coping with the new trends, law firms have had to adjust, re- model and revamp. This discussion is tailored towards examining the fundamentals of digital transition for african law firms, data protection obligations and concerns, and the impact of automation in 21st century legal practice Co-Hosted By: International Legal Practice /Professional Development Committees
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


    Can The Police Enforce The Law Without Breaking It?

    • Professor Wahab Egbewole, SAN , Judge
    • Professor Alero Akeredolu , Judge
    • Ntufam Mba E. Ukweni, SAN , Judge
    • SLP Council/Committee Chairpersons , Judge
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    Hosted By Young Litigators' Committee
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Vote Of Thanks, Networking & Photographs

  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Hosted By SLP Council

    Closing Dinner & After Party

Conference Hotels

*Mention SBL Conference for a discount at these establishments.

Grand Gem Lodge

a) Studio Rooms – 5,000
b) Standard Rooms – 10k
c) Deluxe Rooms – 15k
d) Suites (no sitting room)- 20k
e) Suite (With sitting room) – 25,000

Rosmohr Hotels

Address: Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo

Price: N35,000

Phone: 0802 557 9446

Monty Suites (Along 4 Lanes)

a) Deluxe Rooms – 45,000 per night
b) Deluxe Suite – 70,000 per night
c) Executive Suites (2 bedrooms) – 100,000 per night

De-Castle Luxury Home

Address: Plot 25, Unit F, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo

Price: N 18,500

Phone: 0803 086 6622

Khaap Suites

a) Classic Room – 7,000
b) Exquisite Rooms – 9,000
c) Deluxe Rooms – 10,000
d) Executive Rooms – 12,000
e) Suite – 17,000

TommsVille Hotels

24 Bassey Esau St, Uyo

Price: N16,000

Phone: 0703 193 3915