NBA Faults ‘Secret’ Composition of Govt Boards, Parastatals
Posted: 23/Sep/2014

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has criticised the secrecy applied in the composition of some boards of parastals, saying sometimes due process is not followed.

It said most Federal Government boards and agencies are statutorily mandated to have various stakeholders represented to always ensure compliance with the law, rules and regulations.

The NBA said rather than follow the requirements, some boards, commissions and parastatals remain shrouded in secrecy.

The association said for instance, certain statutes require the NBA as an institution to send nominees to such boards, but it has not been receiving such invitations.

NBA President Augustine Alegeh (SAN), while inaugurating a committee on boards and parastatals to determine which ones the association is statutorily entitled to a representation, said some of the agencies “have turned NBA positions to their personal estates.”

Alegeh also set up a committee to review NBA’s Constitution to address the rancor associate with its election.

“The amendments to our constitution to introduce e-voting and other changes would be given priority and dealt with speedily with the hope that the system would be operational and members made conversant with its working long before the 2016 national elections.

“In the light of the approval of uniform Bye Laws for NBA Branches, it would be advisable for the provision of e-voting to be contained in the Uniform Bye Laws to afford Branches the opportunity to implement e-voting and be conversant with its operations before the national elections,’’ Alegeh said.