Thursday, 9 May 2013

News Release: Nigerian Bar Association’s 7th Annual Business Law Conference

I am delighted to invite you to the 7th Annual edition of the Business Law Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Business Law (SBL) holding from June 17 – 19, 2013 at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Theme of this year's Conference is “The Legal Profession in an Emerging Economy".

The event promises to be very impactful, provides more insight on the development of business law practice in Nigeria; as well as creates unique opportunity for networking with other lawyers and professionals, judges, policy makers, industry experts and various international participants/delegates from Europe, America and other parts of the world who will be attending the conference.

Conference Fees:
Early Bird Registration Fee– N35,000(ends 31st May, 2013)
Full Registration Fee* N45,000
SBL Member Registration Fee ** – N40,000
Young Lawyers’ Registration Fee ***– N20,000
Day Registration Fee(Breakout Sessions only) – N20,000
Chairman’s Dinner – N10,000 (N5,000 for young lawyers)
*Law Firms and Organizations that register 4 (four) delegates for the Conference shall be entitled to a 25% discount for every subsequent delegate. Payment of Conference Fee entitles each participant to conference materials, light refreshments and Lunch for each day of the Conference.
**Proof of SBL Membership shall be required to qualify for the members' discounted Fee.
*** A Young Lawyer is one who is not more than 7years at the Nigerian Bar. Proof of Year of Call shall be required to qualify for Young Lawyers’ discount

Payment Details:
Conference Fees can be paid in cash or by cheque into any of the Section’s Bank Accounts listed below:
Account Name: Section On Business Law (NBA)
Access Bank Plc - A/C No:0056296936
Skye Bank Plc - A/C No: 1770371531
FCMB - A/C No: 0134129014
Union Bank Plc - A/C No:0010517427

Completed RegistrationForms together with evidence of payment of Conference Fees are to be sent to:

Mr. Endurance O. Uhumuavbi,
Section Administrator
C/o Aluko & Oyebode,
1, Murtala Muhammed Drive (Formerly Bank Road)
Ikoyi – Lagos.
Mobile: +234 8054881300

Please note that to facilitate pre-registration and prompt collection of conference materials, evidence of payment of Conference Fees must be received by the Section Administrator not later than Friday, June 7, 2013.

Please visit to download the conference Registration Form
We shall update you with full details of the conference shortly. 

For further enquiries, please contact Mr. Endurance Uhumuavbi on 08054881300/ or visit,org

I look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Gbenga Oyebode (MFR)
NBA Section On Business Law

Special Report: State of the World’s Mothers 2013

The birth of a child should be a time of wonder and celebration. But for millions of mothers and babies in developing countries, it is a dance with death.

In commemoration of Mother’s Day, Save the Children is publishing its 14th annual State of the World’s Mothers report. Every year, nearly 3 million babies die within the first month of life, most from preventable causes. More than a third of these babies die on their first day of life making the birth day the riskiest day for newborns and mothers almost everywhere. This report shows which countries are doing the best and which are doing the worst at preventing these deaths. It also examines the need to strengthen health systems, train and equip more health workers and make proven, underused solutions available to every mother and newborn who needs them. Such efforts could help prevent as many as 3 out of 4 newborn deaths.

The first-ever Birth Day Risk Index compares first-day death rates for babies in 186 countries to identify the safest and most dangerous places to be born. The annual Mothers’ Index uses the latest data on women’s health, children’s health, educational attainment, economic well-being and female political participation to rank 176 countries and show where mothers and children fare best and where they face the greatest hardships.

Special Report: The Evaluation Of The Paris Declaration (Final Report)

The Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness poses an important challenge both to the world of development cooperation in general and to the field of development evaluation. Compared with previous joint statements on aid harmonization and alignment, the Declaration provides a practical, action-oriented roadmap with specific targets to be met by 2010. The number of countries and international organizations participating in the High Level Forum and endorsing the joint commitments contained in the Declaration is unprecedented and reflects a progressive widening of the range of voices in the aid effectiveness debate.

U-Report: Drop In Crude Oil Production Worries NUPENG

Report By NUPENG

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is worried and disturbed about the drop in crude oil production in the country since the first quarter of the year 2013. 

The union states that it is alarming that the daily crude oil production fluctuates between 1.86 and 2.1 million barrels per day as against the estimated 2.48 million mbpd in the first quarter of the year. 

The union adds that this drop which is as a result of incessant crude oil theft and vandalisation of pipelines should not be left to get out of hand or else the revenue accruing to the federal government will also drop drastically. It advises government to change tactics and strategies in the fight against crude oil theft and vandalisation of pipelines. 

The union wants the federal government to introduce new technology like monitoring sensors and alarm systems that will trigger off whenever any pipeline is being tampered with. 

The union believes this will go a long way to check crude oil theft from the pipelines and through effective surveillance with the help of the host communities where these pipelines traverse.

The union notes with dismay that the drop in the last quarter rose to about 1.23 billion (about 191 billion naira) that should have accrued to the federation account. 

NUPENG said that the drop in revenue will affect the transformational agenda of Mr. President, which involves provision of power supply, which is yet to be realised, good road networks, which are still in deplorable conditions. 

The union adds that crude oil production drop will also affect our external reserve and further compound the issue of abandonment of projects. The union calls on the oil majors and the federal government to create job opportunities for the restless youths in the Niger Delta, so that they will stop bursting pipelines. 

The issue of mass un-employment should be tackled with vigor, as it has become a time-bomb, waiting to explode. 

The union calls on NNPC and the oil majors to bury very deep into the soil oil pipelines, to make them inaccessible to oil thieves and vandals. 

The union adds that oil is the mainstay of the nation’s economy and it must not be allowed to be frittered away by unpatriotic Nigerians and dwindle the nation’s source of income that should be made to give succour to the generality of our people. 

The federal government, it states, must also fight corruption in the entire system, in order to make people respect government property and resources.