The Council for Authorized Education, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Physique of Benchers and some senators, on Monday, rejected a proposal by the Senate to build further 6 Nigerian Regulation School campuses in the state.
They manufactured their views known during a general public hearing on a monthly bill that seeks to build one particular campus of the university in every single geopolitical zone of the country organised by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Authorized Matters, in Abuja.
The Invoice titled: “Legal Instruction (Consolidated and so on, Modification) Bill 2021,” was sponsored by Senator Good Adeyemi, representing Kogi West.
The Senators that opposed the Invoice were Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa West).
Even so, Senators that supported the Invoice consist of Intelligent Adeyemi, Abiodun Olujimi (Ekiti South) and Kashim Shettima (Borno Central).
They argued that the institution of the proposed six regulation colleges will considerably improve obtain to legal schooling in the state.
Even though Ekweremadu warned versus any endeavor to politicise the establishment of Regulation School campuses in Nigeria, Dickson urged his colleagues to tread cautiously.
Ekweremadu explained: “The establishment of new campuses or Legislation Colleges must be left at the discretion of the Council for Legal Schooling that is empowered by the Act that set up it in 1962”.
On his component, NBA President Olumide Akpata (SAN) explained the go was unnecessary as the present six campuses of the college were being grossly underfunded before the intervention of the Rivers Point out Federal government that developed a effectively-geared up campus in Port Harcourt.
“With needed infrastructure, the present law colleges throughout the state are sufficient to accommodate hundreds of law students graduating from the a variety of universities.
The Chairman of the Council for Legal Schooling, Emeka Ngige SAN, said the council is 100 for every cent opposed to the shift to produce the six added law faculties.
Ngige said the posture of the Council was knowledgeable by the deplorable condition of most of the existing ones thanks to gross underfunding.
“For occasion, the deplorable condition in which students at the Yenagoa legislation campus are studying is worse than what prisoners in Ikoyi Prison are experiencing,” Ngige reported.
But activist-attorney Femi Falana, SAN, supported the establishment of additional 6 regulation school campuses in all the geopolitical zones.
Falana explained: “It is crucial to explain particular specifics: the Council for Legal Education Act, was enacted in 1962 for the creation of just one regulation school.
“Nowhere in the Act was it supplied that we are going to have a multi-campus establishment it is important for our colleagues to realise that in 1999, we had six batches of students who had no area to go, they contacted me and I had to go to courtroom.
“The regulation constructing of the regulation university in Lagos had presently been sold to a businessman who needed to change it into a resort when the faculty moved to Abuja.
“It was only a single campus not until I went to court docket and we obtained an injunction restraining the governing administration from promoting the law school in Lagos.”