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Posted by on September 06, 2010 at 10:32:50:

The Nigerian Bar Association in collaboration with First Bank of Nigeria has launched an identity card for its members. It is a Bar card that is chip based and offers a unique id to its holder. Apart from NBA members using this card as a valid form of identification, it also offers users access to making financial card based transactions and is being geared to provide online access to a pool of academic resources in the near future.

Some physical features of the Nigerian Bar card
- Passport photo embossed on it
- A plastic card with a chip
- Bears the full names of the holder as well as call year and branch
- Carries the logo of the Nigerian Bar Association
- Has an expiry date
- Powered by Visa

Here are the full details as advertised on page 17 of the Guardian Newspaper for Thursday September 2, 2010:

DIGITAL BAR INITIATIVE(DBI)
The Digital Bar Initiative of the Nigerian Bar Association aims to create a digital credential for the lawyers, establish a TRUST system around them and develop a platform with which to access to a range of eServices are delivered to the legal community in Nigeria

IDENTIFICATION WITH THE BAR CARD
Every Lawyer will be identified with a unique ID and enrolled to acquire their Bar Cards and PINS. With the DBI, there will be no more fake lawyers in Nigeria.

EASE OF COMMUNICATION
Lawyers will be able to exchange e-mails securely and network, interact and share best practices, grow client base and revenue using the redesigned NBA portal. There will also be facilities for peer-to-peer exchange of contents and communication at no cost.

REMOTE ACCESS TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION AND LAND REGISTRY DATABASES
Soon, Lawyers will be able to conduct name reservation and carry out other activities at the Corporate Affairs Commission and Land registries, without leaving the comfort of their offices.

HOW TO ACQUIRE THE BAR CARD
Visit:
1. NBA www.nba.org.ng
2. Any Chamscity office in Lagos, Abuja or Port-Harcourt
3. The NBA National Secretariat offices in Lagos or ABUJA
4. Your local NBA branch
5. Or call (01)-461 8287, 461 7649, 280 5122 for more information

ACCESS TO A WORLD OF LEGAL RESOURCES AND OTHER INFORMATION
In the very near future, Lawyers will be able to share resources online and find materials for their work using the NBA portal. All that will be required is the Bar card and PIN.

TRANSACTIONS
The BAR card, with its dual currency features - Naira and US Dollars - offers unrivaled convenience when it comes to payment for goods and services. The card can be used for transactions across the Web, Automatic Teller Machines(ATMs) and Point-of-Sale(POS) devices in over 160 million locations across the 210 countries worldwide. VISA enhanced security ensures security of cardholder's funds and transactions.

Soon, Bar practicing and conference fees will be paid online via the NBA portal. This will simplify the fee collection process, boost revenue profile and aid the accountability of the NBA.

Additionally, a wide range of products and services from wigs and gowns to law books and digitized legal contents, to niche solutions and services etc can be purchased via the integrated online store of the NBA portal.

TECHNOLOGY ACQUISITION SCHEME
Lawyers will be able to acquire laptop computers, access devices, relevant software and solutions at a reduced cost. Bank financing options - to eliminate the barriers to acquisition of technology devices - are also available.




Comments:
    Re: NBA lauches Nigerian Bar Card Posted by Sola on September 09, 2010 at 01:44:42:

    It is a great improvement


    Re: NBA lauches Nigerian Bar Card Posted by Onyeka Ike on September 09, 2010 at 01:45:52:

    I like the fact that they also imcluded payment services on the card. It is cool


    Re: NBA lauches Nigerian Bar Card Posted by Audu Karimu on September 11, 2010 at 15:43:47:

    It is a right step in the right direction. I just pray and hope that the initiative will be sustained to the latter. The abandoned "practice licence initiative is still fresh in our memory. All the same, kudos to the initiators of this idea.


    Re: NBA lauches Nigerian Bar Card Posted by Nuruddeen A. Mashi on July 20, 2012 at 05:55:32:

    Just seen this. What a good idea! Please persue it vigorously for the benefit of all of us in the learned profession.



    Re: NBA lauches Nigerian Bar Card Posted by olanrewaju-buoro olajide d. on August 13, 2012 at 12:48:08:

    It is a great and noble idea.I hope it will not be abandon half way like Stamp and Seal project that many lawyers paid for;but yet see the stamp and seal and no refund was made till date to us.











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