A concerned member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Prince Adebiyi Adetosoye, has made a solemn appeal to the President of the Nigerian Bar Association for extension of time for the payment of Bar Practicing Fees (BPF) and branch dues for Nigerian Lawyers.
Prince Adetosoye stated that the professional life of the Nigerian Bar Association as a body and especially that of its members have suffered grave economic setbacks as a result of Covid-19 which has become a viral world health phenomenon.
The Judiciary as well as other public and private businesses, agencies, learning institutions and places of worship in a frenzied attempt at curtailing the virus are being shut down.
He said, “That the Covid-19 reign of affliction is most prevalent at this regulation period of payment of the Annual Bar Practicing Fees (BPF) is a great disincentive to the policy drive of the NBA and further constitutes a negative impetus to the realization of its economic potentials.”
Prince Adetosoye has requested that the NBA extend the payment of the BPF and direct all branch of the NBA to equally extend time for the payment of branch dues for at least one month to accommodate the present exigency occasioned by the ravaging Covid-19 and to enable members of the Bar that this pandemic has crippled their economic life to meet up with the said payment.
He also stated that other organisations, Associations, groups, religious bodies and countries are deploying strategic palliative measures to cushion the effect of Covid-19 on its members and citizens. This he believes, is why the NBA as a responsive professional body cannot be left out of this trail.
Whilst making this appeal, he urged the NBA not to construe it as making a case for ant dissident member of the Bar and neither is it an attempt at encouraging laxity in the prompt and regular payment of the BPF.