LAW Lawyers build cen­tre in hon­our of Jus­tice Odili’s fa­ther

Daily Trust - - LAW REPORT - By Tony Adibe, who was at Mbaise

A500-seater model Bar Cen­tre has been built near the High Court, in Aboh Mbaise Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Imo State, in hon­our of the late Bar­ris­ter B.S.C. Nzenwa, fa­ther of Jus­tice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court.

The cen­tre was built by mem­bers of the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA), Mbaise Branch, which the late lawyer, fondly called “Opara Mbaise” and the “Cock of the Bar in Imo State,” founded in 1991. Nzenwa was said to be the first lawyer pro­duced by the Mbaise clan in 1959.

The Mbaise Bar also used the oc­ca­sion to launch its maiden cal­en­dar 2014/2015 to as­sist in re­al­iz­ing the fa­cil­i­ties lack­ing at the cen­tre.

Our learnt that the cen­tre was built at the cost of N10mil­lion but that an­other N5mil­lion will be needed to fix the fa­cil­i­ties lack­ing at the cen­tre to make it more com­fort­able. The cen­tre will serve as venue for lawyers meet­ing and also as re­lax­ation place for coun­cils dur­ing and af­ter court sit­tings.

Dur­ing the com­mis­sion­ing of the cen­tre which took place on 4th April, 2014, many dig­ni­taries from far and wide were present: Supreme Court Jus­tice Mary Odili and her hus­band, for­mer Gover­nor of Rivers State Dr. Peter Odili, the widow of Nzenwa, Ugoeze Be­nadette Nzenwa, the chair­man of African In­de­pen­dent Tele­vi­sion (AIT) Dr. Ray­mond Dokpesi, and Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional In­dus­trial Court of Nigeria Jus­tice Ba­batunde Adeni­ran Ade­jumo.

Other dig­ni­taries in­cluded Deputy Speaker House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Chief Emeka Ihe­dioha, the Chief Judge of Imo State Jus­tice B.A. Nje­manze, Chief L.E. Nwosu (SAN), the Pres­i­dent of Cus­tom­ary Court of Ap­peal Jus­tice P.I. Ok­para, the ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge Mbaise Ju­di­cial Di­vi­sion Jus­tice U.D. Og­wurike, the Imo State At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­mis­sioner for Jus­tice Chuk­wuma Machukwu (who rep­re­sented Gover­nor Owelle Rochas Oko­rocha), the tra­di­tional ruler of Ez­i­udo au­ton­o­mous com­mu­nity, His Royal High­ness Eze Des­mond Oguguo, among other na­tive rulers from the area.

Var­i­ous speak­ers at the oc­ca­sion in­clud­ing the chair­man of the cer­e­mony, Chief L.E. Nwosu, praised the ster­ling qual­i­ties of the late Bar­ris­ter Nzenwa, who was later elected the tra­di­tional ruler of his Obizi au­ton­o­mous com­mu­nity in Ezini­hitte Mbaise Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

The speak­ers also com­mended the lead­er­ship of the NBA Mbaise branch un­der Chief I.M. Kadu­rumba for build­ing the Bar Cen­tre in hon­our of the “le­gal icon, Nzenwa.”

De­liv­er­ing a lec­ture en­ti­tled, “The Na­tional In­dus­trial Court of Nigeria and Its Rel­e­vance to Sus­tain­able Eco­nomic Growth and De­vel­op­ment of Nigeria,” Jus­tice Ade­jumo said that the Na­tional In­dus­trial Court of Nigeria is con­ferred with ju­ris­dic­tion to en­ter­tain ap­pli­ca­tions re­lat­ing to or­der to res­train any­body from tak­ing part in strike or lock-out. But he added that the pro­vi­sions do not take away to­tally the right of work­ers to go on strike or that of em­ploy­ers to en­gage in lock-out.

Jus­tice Mary Odili

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