of the House of
Representatives, Hon. Yakubu
Dogara, has advocated that
lawyers with cognate legislative
experience should be considered
for the award of the Senior
Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.
Dogara made this known
when he received the dean and
members of the Legislative
Lawyers Association of Nigeria
in his office recently.
“I know that with the array
of professionals we have, the
distinguished senator has been
making a case for those in this
profession to be awarded the
highest honour of the profession,
which is Senior Advocate, and
in most cases, I have said he is
absolutely right.
“If those that are teaching
the laws we made are judged
worthy to be awarded with that
title, and those who advocate
these laws can get this title, what
of the lawmakers?,” he queried.
However, he clarified that his
call should not be misinterpreted
to mean all legislative lawyers
but only those who have clearly
distinguished themselves in
the art of lawmaking could be
deemed fit for the honour.
The speaker also charged
the group to deepen their
knowledge and practice of the
profession through training and
like events.
Earlier, the dean of the
association and senior
special adviser on National
Assembly Matters to President
Muhammadu Buhari, Senator
Ita Enang, a former member of
the House of Representatives,
senator and a member of the
legal profession, informed the
speaker that the registration and
incorporation of the association
had been completed.
He said that with the process
completed, the Legislative
Lawyers Association of Nigeria
could now be recognised as the
statutory legally recognised arm
of legal practice.
While presenting the
certificate of incorporation to the
speaker, who is the president of
the association, he disclosed that
the secretariat was now open
to members who are lawyers
to register and show interest in
legislative practi