The senate on Tuesday has described the Port Harcourt law school as an epicenter of continuous legal education.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Bamidele, advocated that the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas Port Harcourt Campus of the Nigerian Law School should also serve as the centre for the promotion of continuous legal education in the country.
Members of the Senate committee were in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, on an oversight visit of the campus and were conducted on an inspection tour by Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
Senator Bamidele said the advocacy was part of the Senate committee’s advice to the Council of Legal Education and the Nigerian Law School because the Port Harcourt Law campus meets the global best standard required of such centre.
They also inspected the brand-new exquisite Rivers State House of Assembly residential quarters that is near completion.
Senator Bamidele said they were amazed at the quality of facilities that the Rivers State governor has provided for the training of law graduates and prepares them for the challenges of the profession.
According to him, this was one of the happiest oversight visit that they had paid in the life of their own leadership of the Senate Committee.
“It’s a celebration of our democracy. It’s a celebration of leadership. It’s a celebration of an accomplishment. So, as part of our own advice, both to the Council of Legal Education and the Nigerian Law School is to even, based on the standard that has been set in the Port Harcourt Campus, ensure to reserve some of the rooms, dedicated to ensuring that our continuous legal education is taken very seriously using the Port Harcourt Campus as the base for this.”
Senator Bamidele pointed out that Governor Wike has set global best standard and that it was not only law students that would use the facility, but practicing lawyers alike who would undertake programme on the campus.
He stated that the eventual realisation of the campus underscores the point that when leaders are able to work together across party line and beyond political, ethnic, religious divide, they can really take Nigeria to that next desirable level.
Senate Minority Leader, Senator Philip Aduda, commended Governor Wike for his laudable projects and stressed that this necessitated the clamour for him to move to the centre to replicate some of extraordinary achievements.
The Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Ikuinyi-Owaji Ibani, said Governor Wike’s decision to construct a new campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt was a sheer demonstration of his patriotism and commitment to the nation.
Speaking on the legislative quarters, the speaker said the conducive residential environment created by the governor for the State lawmakers would enhance their productivity.
On his part, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze C. J. Okocha, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the completion of the Port Harcourt campus of the Nigerian Law School was another promise fulfilled by Governor Wike.
“We thank you distinguished Senator (Bamidele) and I’m glad that you have come and seen with your distinguished colleagues that Governor Wike was not making an empty promise when he said he would contribute to the development of law education in this country, a campus for the Nigerian Law School.