The National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria (NAWJN) Holds Biennial Conference in Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria | The National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria (NAWJN) held its Biennial Conference in Abuja this month. The theme of the conference was “Life after the Bench: the Judge Emeritus.” The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, gave the opening remarks and called upon judges to always be themselves and to be guided by the constitution. “Call a spade a spade,  heaven will not fall.” The NAWJN awarded Justice Onnoghen as Gran Patron of the association.

The current NAWJN President, Uwani Abba-Aji told judges to prepare for the shift from the bench to the couch, since “retirement is undoubtedly a phase that we are destined to experience,  sooner or later.”

During the conference, the association launched a Book that compiled the papers presented at the first west African regional conference of the international Association of Women Judges in Abuja in 2017 in honor of Retired Justice Clara Ogunbiyi. The topics of the book ranged from inheritance and possession to sexual and domestic violence.

The next President of the NAWJN was elected during the meeting. Justice Mary Odili of the Supreme Court will be NAWJN’s president for the next two years. In her acceptance speech she said, 

“We pledge to always do your biddings; to meet the aspirations of our founders and everyone of you; and that our nation, society and families will know that they have trained their daughters to tackle the various problems that afflict our society. We shall make you proud.”

“All of us will work, all of us will achieve our aims and objectives and all of us will be proud of the outcome. No one will be left behind,” she said. In line with the theme of the conference, she said that she would look after all of NAWJN members when developing activities, serving and retired. 

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