A new Chairman for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, CIArb, has been announced. He is Chief J. Akingbola Akinola, C.Arb who succeeds Mr Olatunde Busari, SAN.
Chief Gbola Akinola is a practicing Lawyer and seasoned Arbitrator. He is a Partner in the law firm of The Law Union’ with cognate experience in Corporate and Commercial Law practice and a highly skilled advocate with extensive commercial legal advisory experience.
Chief Gbola Akinola is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is listed as a member of the Institute’s Panel of Chartered Arbitrators and also of the Kigali International Arbitration Center Panel of International Arbitrators, Kigali, Rwanda.
He was a Past President of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN) and a member of the Board of Directors of LACIAC.
Chief Akinola’s election took place at the inaugural meeting of the 2021-2022 Executive Committee of the Institute held on Thursday, the 22nd day of April, 2021.
Also, the following office holders were elected by the Executive Committee.
Mrs. Olusola Adegbonmire, C.Arb , 1st Vice Chairman, Prof Paul Idornigie, SAN, C.Arb, 2nd Vice Chairman, Mrs. Obosa Akpata, C.Arb 3rd Vice Chairman and
Mrs. Josephine Akinwunmi, FCIArb as Secretary. Other officers are Mr. Akin Omisade, FCIArb, Treasurer Dr. Adeyemi Agbelusi, FCIArb P.R.O, Mr. Ibifubara Berenibara, FCIArb Assistant Secretary, Mrs. Seyilayo Ojo, C.Arb Chairman Training Committee, Mrs. Obosa Akpata C.Arb Chairman, Membership Committee, Mr. Olumide Sofowora, SAN, C.Arb Regional Representative, and Mr. Tonye Krukrubor Chapter Liaison.
In a release made available to the media, the new PRO Dr Adeyemi Agbelusi, quoting the new Chairman in his acceptance speech promised that “the Institute under his leadership will strengthen our training programmes so that it will focus more on impacting knowledge and the skills needed for successful careers in the field of alternative dispute resolution, said Chief Akinola.
Chief Akinola further assured that the new executive will address some of the concerns militating against the optimization of the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Nigeria, and also promised to work with other stakeholders in ensuring the growth of Arbitration in Nigeria.