Former Deputy Senate President, Prof. Ike Ekweremadu (PhD, CFR) will ship the Keynote Address on the digital birthday celebration of revered former Chairman of Nigeria’s Body of Benchers, Chief George Uwechue SAN, FNIALS who clocks 82 years on Monday.
The occasion which is aimed to honour Chief Uwechue, a former Speaker professional Tempore of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, has as its theme “The lawyer in Parliament: A catalyst in the legislative process.” The birthday lecture is billed as a tour de pressure between politics, lawyering and lawmaking. Chief Uwechue was the Deputy Leader of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP) Caucus and Chairman of the Public Petitions Committee.
An announcement by the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN famous that “As Owelle was a lawyer-member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic, we consider the topic apposite for the occasion, moreso as Senator Ekweremadu is not only the immediate past Deputy Senate President but is also a lawyer and has been in the Senate for unbroken 17 years.”
The occasion which kicks off at 4:30 pm might be chaired by famend senior lawyer, Senator Onyeabo Obi. It will witness goodwill messages from political leaders and foremost jurists. It can even be streamed on a number of social media channels as well as function sensational saxophonist, BeeJay Sax who’s billed to thrill the worldwide viewers.
Chief Uwechue is adjudged one in every of Nigeria’s foremost jurists, with many main precedents to his credit score. These embody Magnusson v Koiki; NAS LTD v BA PLC; Ashibuogwu v AG Bendel State, and the usually referenced Adeniyi v Governing Council of Yabatech which concurrent verdicts of the trial court docket and Court of Appeal he upturned on the Supreme Court upon being employed by the appellant.
A longstanding Faculty member on the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Chief Uwechue was appointed as a Member of the Rules of Court Advisory Committee of the Supreme Court between 1985 and 1986. He produced a draft evaluation of the foundations which was later subsumed into the Supreme Court Rules 1999 (as amended).
Chief Uwechue, the “Owelle of Ogwashi Uku,” was born on 30th November, 1938. He was a two-time member of the House of Representatives, representing Aniocha Federal Constituency of former Bendel State on two completely different social gathering platforms. He rose to the head of the House management following his assumption of workplace because the Speaker professional Tempore.
Following the interruption of civil rule by the navy, he returned to regulation follow and once more rose to the apogee of the authorized occupation together with his admission into the Inner Bar and his election as Chairman of the Body of Benchers, the apex physique that regulates the occupation in Nigeria.
He was admitted into the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Inns of Court School of Law for the English Bar in February 1961 and handed the “British Constitution” with distinction on the North Western Polytechnic, London. He repeated this unusual feat on the Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce what place in 1962 he once more earned Distinction in “Constitutional Law.” His trainer and one of many world’s foremost constitutional legal professionals, Prof. Ben Nwabueze SAN as soon as described Chief Uwechue as unarguably the very best amongst his classmates. This was throughout the launch of a compendium written by main Nigerian jurists in Uwechue’s honour.
Chief Uwechue enrolled on the London School of Economics and Political Science courtesy of his mentor, Prof. Nwabueze, and in 1965 obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law, graduating with Second Class Honours. He returned to Nigeria the identical yr and enrolled on the Nigerian Law School. Having handed the Bar Finals, Chief Uwechue was admitted to the Nigerian Bar on January 21, 1966 – nearly 55 years in the past.
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