The FIDA Lagos Law Week, kicked off on 16th June 2021, a day internationally recognized the Day of the African child. The theme of the law week was, “African Child’s Right to Life and a Stable Home: Towards Eliminating Social Conflicts in Nigeria”.
Goodwill messages were received from the first Lady of Lagos State, Dr Mrs Ibijoke Claudiana Sanwo Olu and other dignitaries. The Chairperson of FIDA Lagos, Mrs Phil Nneji formally opened the event with her welcome address followed by a brief summary of the event by the Chairperson of the FIDA Law Week Committee, Mrs Adejoke Layi-Babatunde. Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa’s keynote lecture focused on the theme of the Law Week. She re-iterated the four principles which both the Child’s Rights Act of 2008 and the Child’s Rights laws adopted by some states are hinged on to include: non-discrimination, right to life and survival, right to express one’s views or be heard, best interest of the child. She recommended that child’s right programming approach should be scaled up, grassroot advocacy on child rights law and partnership with other relevant agencies to work in cohesion towards achieving the best interest of the Nigerian child.
A panel session consisting of the following panelists, Chief Magistrate Kikelomo Ayeye, Maryam Uwais, Taiwo Akinlami and Babajide Ogunsanwo was part of the highlights of the occasion.
Topics ranging from “Impact of Child Rights Laws on the Safety and Welfare of Children in Nigeria : Any Appreciable Progress?,Ending Child Marriage: The Effects and Demerits of Child Marriage; Keeping our Children Safe in the Season of Insecurity; Analyzing the Future of the African Child” were discussed by the panelists.
The activities of Day Two of the event were done virtually.
The day’s activities were anchored by Ifeoma Ben and Adefowoke Ayo-Ponle. Speakers include Victoria Awomolo SAN (Career Opportunities for a Female Lawyer: Accessing Resources and Visibility), Titilola Akinlanwon SAN (Professional Ethics and Pursuit of Excellence), Abimbola Akeredolu SAN (Going the Extra Mile on Personal and Corporate Standards), Inemesit Dike (Law as a Business Leveraging Technology to Build a Profitable Law Practice), Abiola Longe-Abilonge (Your Money and You), Ifeoma Williams (Executive Presence: The ‘X’ Factor for Effective Networking in the Global Market Place), Chinasa Amadi (Your Health and You).
Activities consisted of The visit to FIDA children’s ward at the Lagos State university teaching hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos State and the Female Correctional Facility at Kirikiri, Lagos State ran concurrently.
The Law Week dinner marking the official end of the Law Week took place on Saturday, the 19th of June at White Stone Hotel, Ikeja.
The guest speaker of the day, Chief Emeka Ngige SAN, was ably represented by Chief Chijioke Okoli SAN, who in his remarks mentioned that the success of any society or organization is measured by how it treats the vulnerable. He commended FIDA Lagos for ticking all the boxes, as regards achieving its aims and objectives. He delivered the generous gifts from Chief Emeka Ngige SAN to FIDA Lagos and also supported with his own token.
FIDA Lagos presented a cheque to the best student in its adopted school in Makoko.
This singular act was applauded by all present at the dinner and attracted more donations for the best students. Among the dignitaries who graced the dinner were Mr Layi-Babatunde SAN, Some EXCO members of the NBA Nigeria; Mrs Joyce Oduah, members of the Bench, NBA Lagos (Premier Bar), NBA Ikeja and others.