Leading human rights activists, Mr. Femi Falana SAN and Prof. Chidi Odinkalu are billed to speak at this year’s League of Anambra Professionals (LAP) Awards Night and unveiling of its legal aid intiative. The event holds at Colonades Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos on December 16, 2018.
Odinkalu, former National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman, is the keynote speaker. The theme of his lecture is titled “Rethinking Governance Structure and Costs in Nigeria for Greater National Development.”
On his part, Falana as the Guest Speaker will herald the launch of the LAP Legal Defence Initiative (LAP-LDI), a legal aid scheme aimed to promote access to justice for indigent victims and citizens. His lecture will dwell on “Public interest litigation as a potent tool for redress of group marginalization and advancement of rule of law in Nigeria.” A panel of eminent persons will discuss both topics.
The Awards Night will witness the celebration of past LAP Presidents who have contributed immensely to the growth and development of LAP and Anambra State. Among the honorees are the pioneer LAP President, Dr. Ndi Onuekwusi, Dr. Ikem Odumodu, Dr. Mrs. Katia Ekesi (Ugonma Abatete), Mr. Chike Nwegbe and the immediate past president, Mr. Willy Nzewi.
While Anambra State Governor, His Excellency, Chief Willie M. Obiano (FCA) is the Special Guest of Honour, LAP President, Mr. Chijioke Okoli (SAN) is the Chef Host.
LAP is a non-partisan organization with a focus on enthronement of good governance, public enlightenment and overall development of Anambra State and Nigeria in general. In 2005, LAP mapped out a 25-year development programme tagged ‘Anambra 2030’ with the aim of attaining large scale turn-around in the fortunes of Anambra State within the stipulated period. It provides a platform for all Anambra professionals to work towards rebuilding the homeland into a world-class, rich, modern, free and safe society. LAP is designed to offer strong and strategic support towards multi-sectoral development of the State by providing the institutional framework through which Anambra professionals all over the world can contribute to planned, focused, and sustainable development of the State.