Isolate Nigerian Law School from Politics, Says Wike in Senate
Of Tony John, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike said the bill in the National Assembly to establish two Nigerian Law School campuses in each of the Nigeria’s geopolitical area is politically motivated.
He said supporters of the bill titled “A Bill for a Bill to Amend the Law on Legal Education (Consolidation, etc.) by Establishing the Campuses of the Nigerian Law School and Other Related Matters” just want to score cheap political points in their constituencies before the general election of 2023.
Governor Wike made this claim during an unscheduled inspection of ongoing construction work at Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas Nigerian Law School campus, Port Harcourt, yesterday.
He said it was unfortunate that some senators wanted to politicize the establishment of the Nigerian Law School campus, even when there is overwhelming evidence that the federal government cannot adequately fund existing campuses.
Governor Wike said that the proposal that in the South-South zone, a law school campus should be in Yenagoa and another in the village of the vice president of the Senate, when the approval was given for the creation of the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas campus in Port Harcourt, it smacks of petty politics.
According to him, there was no way to Legal Education Council support the politically induced proliferation of law school campuses across the country.
He said: “It’s so unfortunate in this country that everything is politicized. We are not disturbed because the federal government approved the creation of this law school. We have received a letter from the President through the Honorable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, approving the creation of this law faculty. And he graciously stated through the Council of Legal Education that he should be based here in Port Harcourt.
“We said we were going to provide all the necessary infrastructure. I can see the level of infrastructure that’s provided, which of course I’ve said before is going to be world-class infrastructure that’s supposed to be in a law school.
“We not only provide this infrastructure, we also provide accommodation where the speakers will live with everyone. other things related to it. And this law school will have its own investment to take care of the law school, whether the government is there or not.
“From what I’ve heard, the Deputy Speaker of the Senate, through other lawmakers, sponsors a bill to establish two schools per zone, then says one will be in Yenagoa and the another in Delta State, in the village of the vice-president of the Senate. It is very unfortunate.
Governor Wike noted that the law school is a highly technical institution that should be isolated politics. He urged those behind the bill to create more law school campuses to keep the cost of funding them in mind as well.
“Today, even to fund a law school, see how problematic it is. Go to Abuja Law School, go to Yenagoa Law School, see how they are. And see what we do. It is not easy to fund existing law schools and you are now saying that the federal government should establish two law schools in each zone. Where will the funding come from? Is everything politicized?