This critical season of coronavirus lock down binds humanity together. Those who have are assisting those who do not have enough. Thus, Mr Kemi Pinheiro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who is the Chairman of Lagos State Law Reform Commission and other senior lawyers are pulling their resources to provide assistance for young lawyers of the Ikeja branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). Pinheiro, on Wednesday, 8 April, contributed N1.5 million to the welfare fund set up by the branch, while other senior lawyers put in various sums.
What prompted this? The Chairman of the branch, Mr Dele Oloke, revealed that the branch envisaged early that the coronavirus may cause a lockdown of the country. For this, it set up a six-man committee named Ikeja Branch Palliative Committee headed by Mrs Fausat Bakare “to fashion out a way to cushion the effect of the pandemic on young lawyers of the branch.”
According to him, the committee recommended that each lawyer in need be given N10,000 to cushion the effect of the pandemic. The committee has reached out to senior members of the branch who are responding positively.
Oloke said that the branch had already collated the names and account details of 254 young lawyers that receive N10,000 each before daybreak. “We are still going to reach out to more people as we get more funds. Our senior members, particularly our patrons have promised to contribute and we are going to reach out to more people.
Oloke said the branch has already opened a welfare account with Wema Bank, Ikeja from where funds will be disbursed to the young lawyers. He said senior members such as Dele Adesina SAN, Alhaji Lawal Pedro SAN, Emeka Uzoani SAN, Kayode Enitan SAN, Hakeem Apommade, Nkechi Nkechor, Shina Adegbite, Seyi Olawunmi, and a host of others have contributed