Many of us will bristle or take umbrage at this question. To such lawyers, the question appears to suggest that lawyers can be categorized with traders or businessmen. Dear colleagues, let us keep our powder dry as we embark on this discourse. To understand this, we need to have a clear understanding of what it means for an undertaking to be a quasi-business or business. The word ‘quasi’ ordinarily means ‘resembling’, ‘having some, but not all of the features of’. ‘Business’ – on the other hand means or is defined as ‘an occupation, profession or trade’.
Fresh widespread opposition may await the Lagos Government’s enacted law on land Use Charge, if indications emerging from the sector’s major players are anything to go by.The proposed law, which repealed the Land Use Charge Law 2001 and enacted Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes, aimed at increasing the revenue generation base of the state by bringing more houses into its net.
They are the words of the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku. Words so vivid, with HD-like imagery; poetic even (one wonders if his Excellency dabbles in poetry by the side), because they (words) are alive; alive and pregnant with meaning.
In 2001, the Lagos State Government consolidated all property and land-based rates and charges previously applicable under Land Rates, Tenement Rates and Neighbourhood Improvement Charge into a single rate. Thus, the Land Use Charge as prescribed by the Land Use Charge Law, No 11 of 2001 applicable to landed properties in Lagos State commenced on June 22, 2001.
I was not in Port Harcourt for the quarterly meeting of the EBF but, thanks to the social media for feeding me with everything that transpired at the quarterly meeting of the EBF in Port Harcourt including the purported adoption of Authur Obi Okafor SAN(AOO)
Abia State has been thrown into an unnecessary constitutional debacle because of the purported suspension of the Chief Judge, Mrs T.U Uzokwe and the purported appointment and swearing-in of Obisike Orji as the acting Chief Judge, who less than 3 days into his acting office, has also been suspended by the National Judicial Council (NJC). In his place, the NJC has recommended that O.A.K Ogwe should be sworn in as the acting Chief Judge pending when they reach a final decision on the matter.
The list of EBF adopted candidates for the NBA 2018 Elections is a list of people who are sentimentally, clanish and ehtnic candidate that must be voted against by all means. This list represent chaos and disrespect for the choice of lawyers to freely elect those they feel should lead them.
News has been making the rounds that the Eastern Bar Forum (EBF) will meet in Port Harcourt this Saturday, to, among other things, “adopt its candidates for the election and thereafter sponsor them for the election”.