A group of Niger Delta legal practitioners from Nembe-Se, Bayelsa State, have called for urgent need to promote excellence among lawyers, through capacity building, networking, public interest protection and meaningful participation in the value chain of the profession.
This includes professional transactional advisory and dispute resolution services for government, communities, private and public corporations among others.
Members of Nembe-Se Lawyers Forum disclosed this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, during a one day special Session to enlighten the group on new Trends In Law Practice.
The Amadabo of Spiff Town in Twon-Brass, Bayelsa State, David Serena-Dokubo said the time is now for legal practitioners to focus on the way forward for the profession.
Dokubo expressed hope that the forum will serve as an initiative to bring Nembe-se lawyers together to influence the society positively.
Chairman of Nembe-Se Lawyers Forum, Ayebaesin Beredugo said the body is an association of lawyers from Nembe ethnic nationality, with about 200 members, whose focus include rule of law and fundamental human rights of indigenous people regarding their God-given resources.
The Lead speaker at the event, George Etomi advised lawyers to find a niche for themselves in the legal practice and embrace cross-border ideas within and outside Nigeria.
Speaking at a Session on Law Practice Building, the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri lamented that the honour and respect legal practitioners used to enjoy is fast disappearing, insisting that lawyers should work for excellence to restore the pride and dignity of the profession.
The Forum said it is committed to serving as a pratical advocate for unity and brotherhood, as well as a pedestal for projecting the prime place of Nembe-Se in the history and evolution of Nigeria.