From Shing Timothy in Buea
Some 53 lawyers have been sworn into the Cameroon Bar Association. The 53 lawyers are all members of foreign Bar Associations who have been trained and called to the Bar in the various countries. The lawyers were sworn in Wednesday April 8. This was during a solemn session of the South West Court of Appeal in Buea. The swearing-in brought together lawyers from across the country. They came to cheer their peers.
Addressing the newly sworn-in lawyers, the Interim president of the Bar Association President, Claire Atanagana Bikouna, charged the new lawyers to be hardworking to reach their goals. “I came here to encourage our young colleagues coming from abroad, we welcome them into the Cameroon Bar Association. We wish them success, but they must know that they have to work hard to achieve their goals,” she said.
The lawyers included graduates from law schools in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and the Texas Bar. After their training, they were ordered by the Cameroon Bar Association to undergo refresher courses on professional ethics and the mastering of the internal rules and regulations of the Cameroon Bar Association. Welcoming the new lawyers into the fold, Barrister Benjamin Enow Agbor, President of Fako Lawyers’ Association, FAKLA, and Representative of the Bar Association President, expressed joy for the coming of the new lawyers in the corps.
“Naturally we are very happy because our country is in a situation where we need more lawyers. They say in the legal field that the harvest is much, but the workers are few. So we need more lawyers and we are happy that this very set of lawyers who have come on board have been properly trained, and it gives you the spirit and intention of the Bar to make sure that we get the legal profession to its spot that it deserves in society,” he noted.