The NBA ACJA Project is managed by a core project team which shall be responsible for co-ordination, programme management, administration and finance, media and communication.
This core team shall oversee the execution of all project activities, supervise the national and state committee secretariats and manage the project grant provided by the MacArthur Foundation. The team comprises of the following members:
Muritala Abdul-Rasheed Esq. LLM (ABU Zaria) PhD (In View)- Project Co-ordinator
Mr. Abdul-Rasheed currently serves in the NBA as the Chief of Staff, Office of the President of NBA. Mr. Abdul-Rasheed is a member of the NBA National Executive Committee and has previously served in an elected capacity as the National Publicity Secretary of the NBA and on diverse public interest NBA Committees, including NBA Criminal Justice Reform Committee.
Further, the Project Coordinator has also served on the NBA Criminal Justice Reform Committee that organized the 1st and 2nd NBA Criminal Justice Reform Conference, which came up with recommendations that formed part of the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Bill was presented to the National Assembly for enactment into the ACJA in 2015. He was also a member of the project team (media and communication manager) for the “Project Swift Count”, a National Democratic Institute/USAID funded project for Credible Elections in Nigeria from 2010 to 2013. Project Swift Count successfully monitored the 2011 general elections in Nigeria.
The Project Coordinator is currently responsible for overseeing the Office of the NBA President where he ensures the speedy implementation of the President`s plans, programmes, projects and policies. He is currently a PhD student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he is researching on the roles of NBA in the promotion and protection of Human Rights. Mr. Muritala Abdul-Rasheed is a member of International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Common wealth Lawyers Association and African Bar Association.
Zainab Animashaun Esq LL.M (Warwick)- Project Administration and Finance Officer
Ms. Animashaun is currently the Policy and Strategic Planning Adviser, Office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association. She is responsible for advising the President of the Association on the articulation, formulation and implementation of policies and strategies for the Nigerian Bar Association. She developed the 2017 NBA Strategic Plan, which was adopted as the organisation’s official strategy for over 107,500 members and 125 branches across Nigeria by its National Executive Committee.
Zainab possesses over nine (9) years cognate experience in International Law and Development, with core expertise in Policy and Strategic Planning, Legal and Regulatory Compliance, Government Relations and Project Management.
Prior to joining the NBA, Zainab was Managing Associate at Sterling Partnership (now Primera Africa Legal) where she was appointed by Nigeria’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to a Committee of Experts responsible for proposing draft Petroleum Sector Bills in the areas of Governance, Fiscal and Regulatory Frameworks and also led key transaction advisory teams for clientele in the Energy and Infrastructure Sector.
Zainab holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Abuja and a Masters in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick. She is also a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and has attended project management courses at the University of Oxford.
Osita Okoro-Programme Officer
Mr. Osita Okoro was the former Executive Director of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). He is currently the Programmes Adviser, Office of the President of the Nigeria Bar Association and assists in the conceptualisation and development of programmes and initiatives to be implemented by the President strategies for the Nigerian Bar Association.
Osita developed the current NBA Public Interest Programme Plan and is responsible for the execution of key partnerships and engagements between the NBA and notable development organisations, including the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, the OSSAP-SDG’s, and the UNODC to mention a few.
Osita has been an outstanding, thoughtful and articulate member of both the Legal Profession & Civil Society in Nigeria. His interests in Public interest lawyering, commercial trade & investment Law, and civic advocacy in a transitional Society testify to a versatile mind.
Osita has several academic works/papers and publications to his credit in the areas of Justice Sector reforms, rules of law, Human rights, electoral justice & reforms, economic, development, administration of criminal justice, anti-corruption, governance, etc.
The core project team is supported by the following members of the NBA National Secretariat:
- Dominic Obozuwa- Communications Adviser, OPNBA
- Oritsetimeyin Edah- Assistant Director, NBA Programmes Directorate
- Okechukwu Uzoechi
- Beatrice Kemi Odeniyi
- Folake Godwin-Peters
- Dikibujiri Bobmanuel
- Esohe Uwuigbe
- Umar Gezawa
- Rebecca Udosen
- Adebayo Adewale
- Damilare Ojo
- Edidiong Peter
- Omololu Kazeem
- Oluwole Efuwape