NBA Uyo Bar Week 2018: Clergyman Charges Lawyers to See Service to God as First Calling

NBA Uyo Chairman, Eno-Obong Akpan and members at the church service
A cross section of NBA members

Lawyers in Akwa Ibom State have been asked to see the service of God as the first calling, even as they pursue their legal careers. The charge was given this Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Providence Baptist Church, Uyo by Rev Ekerete Obot Inyang, while preaching at a church thanksgiving service as part of this years NBA Uyo branch Bar week.

The Baptist preacher said that the legal profession, just as any other profession, should be seen as secondary to the ultimate charge by Christ that Christians should occupy until He comes back. He stated that every life should be lived pleasing God and doing the will of God. He noted that for a successful career, every professional must allow the Christ ordained service to dominate, noting that whatever any person is doing on earth is only a secondary occupation.

NBA members at the service

Whatever you are doing as a profession or occupation is only a secondary occupation. Our primary occupation on earth is to do what the master did, while on earth. Our life must reflect His work wherever we found ourselves. Everywhere we found ourselves should be treated as a platform for carrying out Gods mission in our spheres of influence. You are expected to occupy for Christ; you must step out in faith trusting in Him, because He is a faithful God who does not fail. In doing this, we must remember that at the end of time there will be the period for everyone to account to God for His service, Rev Inyang admonished.

In her speech at the church service, the Chairman of NBA branch, Uyo, Eno-Obong Akpan Esq, said the branch was in church to thank Hod for the mercy and grace He extended to members throughout the year. She recalled that one year has passed since he was elected into officer as chairman and described the year as highly successful.

Members in a group photograph at the service

The Chairman commended other members of her executive committee for the tremendous support and team spirit, which she said have been the hallmark of her administration. She thanked elders of the Bar and other stakeholders for their steadfast support and encouragement, and promised to continue to render selfless service, together with her executives, to ensure that the dreams and desires of the branch are met.

In his own speech, the chairman of the Bar Week planning committee and vice chairman of the branch, Bassey Ekanem Esq, appreciated the church for the warm reception that members received and thanked God for the lives of lawyers and the grace to serve in the temple of Justice.

Bassey Ekanem announced the continuation of activities marking the branch Bar Week. He said that the Week will continue on Monday, July 9, 2018 with an official opening ceremony. The Week with the theme, “The Ideology of Restructuring in Nigeria: Legal, Political & Socio- Economic Imperatives”, will feature the formal presentation of the branch Law Journal with former Ambassador to Russia, Assam E Assam as the chairman. Expected as Special Guest of Honour on the occasion is the Akwa Ibom State governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, while continuous legal education sessions, with topics reflecting aspects of the theme of the week would hold. To present papers on Monday and Tuesday of the Week are eminent legal scholars and other professionals, including, Hon. Justice Joseph E. Ekanem JCA, Dr. Mike Ozokhome (SAN), Chief Emeka Etiaba (SAN), Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Dr. Imo Udofa, Mr. Lucius Nwosu and Arc. Ezekiel Nya Etok.

Traditional style on display

Lawyers will on Tuesday hangout With Okon Lagos and Friends by 8pm at the Pegasus Nite Club, Opp. Tropicana Entertainment Center, Udo Udoma Avenue. On Wednesday July 11, 2018, a Football Match Between NBA Uyo Football Team v NBA, Ikot Ekpene Branch will take place by 4 pm at the Model Sports Complex, West Itam Secondary School, Opposite NNPC Mega Station, Itam. On Thursday July 12, 2018, there will be a Charity Visit to the Orphanage by 12: 30pm.

The 2018 Annual Bar Week of the Uyo branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, will be rounded off with a Bar Dinner on July 13, 2018, expected to hold at the Emerald Events Center, Uyo. The dinner will be chaired by Hon. Justice Godwin Abraham, the Chief Judge of Akwa Ibom State, with former governor of the state and Senate Minority leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, will be the Special Guest of Honour. Special Guests at the dinner will include Rt. Hon. Onofiok Akpan Luke, Speaker, Akwa Ibom State House Assembly, Distinguished Senator Solomon Ita Enang Senior Special Assistant To the President On Legislative Matters ( Senate).

Also expected include front runner NBA presidential aspirant, Arthur Obi Okafor (SAN), FCIArb, FICMC, Professor Ernest Ojukwu (SAN), Professor Enefiok Essien (SAN), Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo, Mazi Afam Osigwe and Hon. Emmanuel Enoidem, PDP National Legal Adviser.

The dinner will also feature an after dinner speech by eminent legal tactician and presidential aspirant, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN)


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