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The Technical Committee on Conference Planning (TCCP) for the ongoing 62nd Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has received commendations for not only providing a creche facility at the conference venue but also for making the facility conducive and child-friendly.

A number of women delegates interviewed at the Eko Atlantic conference venue on Wednesday, 24th August, said the creche facility is living up to expectations as it has afforded mothers who came with their babies the opportunity to attend the conference activities without much distractions.

The idea of the creche facility was first introduced at the 2021 NBA Annual General Conference in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Professor Oluyemisi Bamgbose, Chair, NBA Women Forum (NBAWF), commended the 2022 TCCP for sustaining the idea, saying it has benefited many women lawyers at the conference who would ordinarily have been worrying about what to do with their babies.

“For the men, they would just get up in the morning and come for the conference, but for most women, they would think, what do I do about my baby? What do I do after school? What about school run? And in-between the conference they are running up and down, but with this creche, they can now bring their babies,” Bamgbose said.

“I personally listened to some women and they found it commendable. And I visited the creche. I want to say it is beautiful,” she said.

She lauded the ladies at the creche who took care of the children, saying they were very professional in their approach.

“They were singing nursery rhymes, and the way they were rocking the babies to sleep. The environment was also clean and there was security presence as well,” she said.

Mrs. Oluwatobi Olaifa, a parent who took her daughter to the creche while she attended the conference activities, was full of praises for the NBA.

According to her, “When I took my daughter to the creche, the environment was neat and very child-friendly. We were duly registered and I was given a time to come and pick up my daughter. I was happy when I returned and saw my daughter, she was feeling very relaxed.”

She, however, suggested the extension of pickup time for children beyond 4pm.

Ms. Tola Adeyelure, the NBA creche facility administrator, said they have been receiving glowing recommendations and referrals, adding that the atmosphere and the space provided for the creche have been very conducive. She also commended the organisers for providing refreshments and other needs for the children.

The activities for the 2022 NBA Annual General Conference, which kicked off on Friday, 19th August 2022, will continue tomorrow, Thursday, 25th August, with the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the NBA. The conference will come to a close on Friday, 26th August, with the swearing-in of a new NBA President and National Executive Committee.

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