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Inoyo Toro Foundation Flags-off Specialized Capacity Development Programme for Akwa Ibom Lawyers

In fulfilment of a commitment made while presenting his keynote address at the 2021 Nigerian Bar Association, Uyo Branch Week, ‌Mr.‌ ‌Udom‌ ‌Inoyo,‌ ‌former‌ ‌Vice‌ ‌Chairman,‌ ‌ExxonMobil Companies in Nigeria and Advisor, Inoyo Toro Foundation has flagged-off a series of capacity building workshop sessions in specialized 21st-century skill areas, for lawyers in Akwa Ibom State.

The capacity building workshop expected to run every Friday and Saturday till the end of July, 2021, commenced over the weekend with a seasoned legal practitioner, Barr. Edo Ukpong taking the lawyers through the first session on “Ethics in the Legal Profession”. Mr. Ukpong is one of Nigeria’s few legal luminaries with expertise in Competition and Regulatory Law and is well reputed in areas such as energy and natural resources, corporate structuring and international business framework.

Similarly, a Gas Optimization expert and Nigeria’s youngest ever Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Dr. Wisdom Enang took the lawyers on the topic: Nigerian Decade of Gas: Akwa Ibom State and Opportunity for Lawyers.

Notable among the subject matter experts expected as resource persons on various topics in the course of the workshop include: Imeh Okon, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Infrastructure; Uko Udom, SAN, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Akwa Ibom State; Prof. Lucky Worika, Dean of Law, Rivers State University; Dr. Sam Amadi, former Executive Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC); Justice Ifiok Ukana (Rtd.), former Justice of the Akwa Ibom State Judiciary; Dr. George Akpan, retired Senior Counsel with ExxonMobil; Essien Udom, SAN, Founding Partner, Udom & Udom Law Firm; and Paul Bassey, FIFA/CAF Match Commissioner/Senior Special Adviser to Akwa Ibom State Governor on Sports.

Others include Barr. Clement Isong, Jnr., CEO, Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria and former Deputy Vice President, Total Oil Southern Africa; Barr. Basil Udotai, Managing Partner, Technology Advisors, ICT Lawyers and Consultants; Barr. Ken Etim, Managing Partner, Banwo & Ighodolo Law Firm; Barr. Inam Wilson, Partner, Templars Law Firm; and Barr. Aniekan Ukpanah, Managing Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie Law Firm.

According to a press release earlier issued by the Capacity Building Workshop Planning Committee and signed by Abasumo Bassey, Esq., other topics for the various sessions of the workshop include: Arbitration‌, Energy‌ ‌Regulation‌, Project‌ ‌Finance‌‌, Establishing‌ ‌and‌ ‌Running‌ ‌a‌ ‌Legal‌ ‌Practice‌, The‌ ‌Place‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Judiciary‌ ‌in‌ ‌Infrastructure‌ ‌Development, Carving a Niche in Legal Practice through Specialization, Aviation‌ ‌Law‌, Opportunities‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌Oil/Gas‌ ‌&‌ ‌Energy‌ ‌Space, Opportunities‌ ‌for‌ ‌Lawyers‌ ‌in‌ ‌Sports‌, Advocacy‌ ‌in‌ ‌Legal‌ ‌Practice‌, Analogue‌ ‌to‌ ‌Digital:‌ ‌The‌ ‌Making‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌21‌st‌‌ ‌Century‌ ‌Lawyer, as well as An Interactive Session with Akwa Ibom State’s Attorney General‌.

The release invites Lawyers in Akwa Ibom State to seize the opportunity provided by the initiative and join the various two-hour sessions via zoom every Friday from 3pm and Saturday from 10 am.

For participation and further enquiries, please contact James Essien, Esq. on 08022909124 or Emmanuel Etti, Esq. on 08035102652 or Abasumo Bassey, Esq. on 08036311211.

Participants at the sessions held so far have expressed commendations to Inoyo Toro Foundation, sponsor of the illuminating initiative, describing the workshop as very enlightening.

Inoyo Toro Foundation is a not for profit, non-Governmental Organization that has contributed significantly towards the development of Akwa Ibom State in the last thirteen years, particularly in the areas of education and human capacity development.

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