in this interview S.S. Obende (Esq), the Chairman, CLASFON Training Committee, Plateau State Chapter, spoke with Prince Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki on the need for Associations and Organization to carry out their social responsibilities.
HOW WOULD YOU ASSESS THE IMPACT OF THE TRAINING ON THE COURT BAILIFFS AND THE REGISTRARS BY CLASFON THIS WEEK?
|SS OBENDE (ESQ)|
So, let me answer by saying, our desire is to see that what has been imparted on them would begin to manifest and the manifestation would be that there is a change in their attitude to work. A change that is aimed at ensuring substantially, that they play their role towards ensuring that an efficient and effective administration of Justice is actualized. That is our ultimate goal!
But, yes, I can say that, the result of the training as at yesterday has began to manifest because, of the views expressed by the participants. You need to know that this is something that many of them have not been exposed to at this level. They were quite appreciative of the fact that we took out time to undertake this training on their behalf. And I can tell you that some were already asking, what next after this? Is it going to be a continuous thing? And remarkably, as a result of this training, it has raised the stakes because, one categorically asked, what plans Management has for sustaining trainings like this?
So, you can see that we have opened up the space beyond us now. Like the Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) said yesterday, the NBA is also going to key into trainings like this. It may not necessarily be for this level, but at least, we know that something is beginning to happen, and it is the sustaining power that is going to make the difference.
HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW AS THE CHAIRMAN TRAINING COMMITTEE OF CLASFON?
I want to tell you that, I feel fulfilled. I was actually overwhelmed because, we had our projections. We wanted to start small so that we can use it as a basis to assess people’s expectations. So, in conjunction with the management of the Judiciary, we had planned for 60 participants but, the number increased two days before the program to officially 65.
But, you would be surprised that at the end of the training yesterday, officially registered participants was a little above a hundred. I am happy that people showed interest, and it was not one of those trainings that people come and they just while away the time. It was something they sat down, they concentrated on the lectures and they were sufficiently alive to ask questions and of course suggestions also came.
I must tell you that, I really feel fulfilled, I am impressed with what I saw. Of course it was not a hundred percent success because, part of what we wanted to achieve was to draw government’s attention to the need to do things like this. Unfortunately, we couldn’t reach out for the purpose of creating awareness.
The Attorney General of the State was there at least. So, we can safely say he represents the Executive on the basis of the training that took place. He delivered a good will message, and we believe that with what he saw, he might be able to also discuss it at the level of the Executive so that they would have a different perspective to the need to undertake this training.
DID THE PAPERS PRESENTED MEET THE GOALS SET FOR THE TRAINING?
Absolutely so! In fact you will discover that in the light of the way we framed the topics for the training, you would find that every topic related to the other. So you would find that even the presenters where addressing topics that have been addressed by another speaker but from a different perspective. To a large extent, each of the topics that was taken were relevant to the Bailiff, to the Registrar and to the Clarks.
I tell you something, one thing that came out clear at the training was that each of these offices are linked to the other. So if you don’t effectively carry them along, you would find a delay somewhere. Everybody that goes to court does not just want to go to court for the purpose of going to court. He wants to see how it ends. And how does it end? It ends in either a victory or a loss.
For the man who has won, if he wants to enforce the judgment, he needs the Bailiff, but the Bailiff is the last point of call. So how does it get to the Bailiff? It starts from the Clark, gets to the Registrar. You can see how connected each of these people are! Now when you commence a process, it doesn’t just get to the Bailiff, it starts from the Registrar, who receives the process. If it doesn’t move the Clark will never come into the picture. You see each of these offices are connected. So remarkably I can tell you that those topics that were treated are related and relevant to the offices that the participants that were in the training.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CALL TO OTHER ASSOCIATIONS OR ORGANIZATION WITH RESPECT TO EMBARKING ON THEIR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES LIKE YOURS (CLASFON)?
My call is that each of these organizations should also begin to think on the need to embark on exercises of this nature. It is not as they don’t organize trainings, they do, but for different purposes. Like I said earlier, this training has been organized from commencement to the end, strictly at the expenses of the fellowship, no support from anywhere. You would see the commitment and sacrifice, even from the resource persons.
You would hardly find that in a normal training, even that organized by other bodies. Resource persons would want to be appreciated, would want to go with honorarium, which they are entitled to legitimately, but I can tell you that it never arose with any of our resource persons. That is the sacrifice. None of the participants in the training paid a “Kobo” towards the training.
All the expenses were borne by the sacrifice of members of the fellowship. We expect that sister organizations should also take a cue and contribute their own part towards this sort of trainings. My clarion call is let everybody do his own bit, it may not be something like what we have done but do your little one.
If you do your little part, we will not come back to replicate what you have done, rather we might improve on it. So everybody has a role to play, every association has a role to play no matter how small. It the end of the day everybody benefits.