Tobenna Erojikwe Advocates for Equitable Remuneration and Capacity Building in the Legal Profession at the NBA Onitsha Meeting

In a thought-provoking knowledge-sharing session at the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Onitsha Monthly Meeting, Tobenna Erojikwe, a partner at The Law Crest LLP and Chairman of the Governing Board of the NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NBA-ICLE), addressed the critical issue of the earning capacity of lawyers and capacity building for economic empowerment.

Erojikwe’s insightful address delved into the hurdles faced by young lawyers and those specialising in less lucrative legal fields, emphasising the necessity for a comprehensive and impartial approach to remuneration. He stressed the potential deterrent effect of the current system on attracting and retaining top legal talent, both for those considering a legal career and those already in practice.

“The legal profession should be inclusive, irrespective of one’s financial background,” Erojikwe asserted. “We must attract and retain the sharpest legal minds by providing them with a level playing field for a successful career.”

Erojikwe’s expertise in legal and economic matters shed light on the pressing need for equitable remuneration practices within the Nigerian legal community. His thought-provoking discourse served as a catalyst, reigniting efforts to address this issue and ensure the sustainability and accessibility of the legal profession for all practitioners.

Moreover, Erojikwe emphasised the pivotal role of capacity building and upskilling legal professionals to empower them economically. In the face of significantly altered economic circumstances, Nigeria’s legal community faces the challenge of reassessing its remuneration practices and investing in continuous professional development.

Erojikwe’s enlightening discourse resonated deeply with the attendees, sparking discussions and garnering widespread support for proactive steps towards a more equitable and inclusive future for lawyers across the Onitsha Branch and beyond.

The NBA Onitsha Branch, inspired by Erojikwe’s insights, now stands ready to take decisive action, implementing measures to address the earning capacity of lawyers and prioritising capacity-building initiatives. This proactive approach aims to fortify the legal profession, fostering an environment where talent and dedication are rewarded, regardless of financial background or specialisation.

As a thought leader in the legal community, Erojikwe’s advocacy for visionary policies and progressive strategies continues to shape the discourse, paving the way for a more resilient, equitable, and economically empowered legal profession in Nigeria.