The News of the NBA partnering and signing a Contract with the Law-Pavilion Business Solutions Limited with the aim of providing Law-Pavilion Electronic Law Reports and Legal Research Software Licenses to Young Lawyers (that is, post-Call ages 1 to 7) who had paid their Bar Practicing Fees as at March 31 2020 was a commendable news. I congratulate the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Paul Usoro SAN and members of his Executive for this initiative. Recognizing as I do that this is a very positive institutional welfare programme capable of enhancing the practice of Law by this strategic segment of members of our Profession.

This innovative idea is highly commendable as it presents an ample opportunity for Lawyers to fully embrace technology in their various practices. There is no doubt in my mind that this laudable provision of Law-Pavilion will ensure that they remain safe and able to work seamlessly from their respective homes and/or offices, while coping effortlessly with the seeming challenges presented by COVID-19 in a short run. On the long run, the innovation will enable young Lawyers to be more proficient in legal research, case analysis and review of legislations among other things and this would make them more beneficial to themselves, their principals, clients and the society at large.

Personally, it is my view that this laudable achievement is one which both you and your entire team must take pride in as initiators. It is an initiative worthy of support and continuity in our quest to provide institutional support for the young Members of our Profession. Good Lawyers are not the Lawyers who know the law but Lawyers who know where to find the Law. The initiative will no doubt produce good Lawyers that will secure the future of our Profession through knowledge, wisdom and good understanding of the workings of the Profession.

Once again, I thank you for this thoroughly thought-out initiative and other creative ideas including but not limited to the NBA Welfare Committee ably led by Dr. Wale Babalakin SAN for the benefit of the young members of the Bar.