Chief Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, says his administration is ready to develop, furnish, and deliver the best Nigerian Law School campus in Port Harcourt.
Last Saturday, the governor offered the assurance at a ceremony commemorating the official start of civil engineering work on the law campus in Rumueme Town, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Wike praised Rivers residents for applauding his proposal and eventful choice to seek that the Nigerian Law School establish a campus in Port Harcourt.l
According to the governor, the Rivers Government would have missed the opportunity to request a Port Harcourt Campus if it had not started the flag-off and building of two hostels and an auditorium at the Nigerian Law School’s Yenagoa Campus in Bayelsa State.
With the request granted and construction work at the new law school location beginning, Wike believes Rivers residents will benefit the most from the campus’s employment prospects as well as the associated economic activity within the institution’s precinct.
“Everyone is commenting what a fantastic idea it is, and what a fantastic decision we made. I’m confident every Rivers man and woman, even those with a pure heart and no intention of playing politics, understands how important the choice to cite the law school campus in Port Harcourt is.
“Not only will it assist to minimize the number of people who would otherwise be unable to attend law school after completing their legal degree at a university, but it will also benefit the state’s economy. It will also provide jobs for our citizens.”
Wike acknowledged the significance of the Nigerian Legal School’s Yenagoa Campus to the South-South region, but remarked that even with the other five campuses, there was still a shortage of carrying capacity for law students undergoing such training.
The governor stated that the Port Harcourt facility would be part of the state government’s contribution to legal education in Nigeria.
Despite being a vocal opponent of the APC-led Federal Government, he praised the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for giving his plea apolitical attention.
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice received the Certificate of Occupancy (CoO) of the land on which the campus was being built, as well as the area where the staff quarters would be built opposite the Hotel Presidential.
Wike also stated that the Rivers State Government has granted a four-year subvention for the law school’s operation.
The Rivers State governor further declared that he has the capacity and political will to complete the construction of the law school on schedule.
He asserted that the Council of Legal Education has resolved that henceforth, any state government or group of persons wishing or offering to build a campus of Nigerian Law School in any other part of the country must comply with what is now called ‘the Rivers’ model’.
“I, therefore, use this medium to congratulate Governor Wike, the government and the good people of Rivers State for the vision and proactive stance in attracting this monumental project to Port Harcourt, Rivers State. It is epoch-making and a landmark achievement, which posterity will rate very highly in the history of Rivers State.”
He explained that following Wike’s request, the Council of Legal Education has accepted to name the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt Campus after legal luminary and former Attorney General of the Federation and Commissioner for Justice, Justice Nabo Bekinbo Graham-Douglas, SAN.
Also speaking, the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof Isa Huyatu Chiroma, who commended Wike for his zeal to advance legal education, said academic activities were expected to start at the Port Harcourt campus in the next six to eight months.
The Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Simeon Amadi, commended the governor for conceiving the idea of a law school in Port Harcourt, and further thanked the Attorney General of the Federation and the Council of Legal Education for the approval to site the campus in Rivers State.
In his remarks, the Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Zacchaeus Adangor, said the law school campus in Port Harcourt would stand out as one of the most iconic achievements of Wike’s administration.
The President, Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata, noted that the governor has made history as Rivers State was the first to officially build a campus of the law school for the Council of Legal Education.
The former president, Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze O.J. Okocha, SAN, said it was gratifying to have a law school campus in Port Harcourt, which has over the years remained a centre of excellence in legal practise.
While giving the project description, Special Adviser on Special Projects to the Governor, George-Kelly Alabo, said the campus would have 14 structures, including 1,500-capacity classroom blocks, hostel blocks for 1,638 students, multipurpose hall, 16 units of 3-bedroom flat for staff quarters with swimming pool, gymnasium, and lawn tennis court.
The library, moot court/law clinic building, sick bay, administrative block, cafeteria, and sporting facilities for students are among the other amenities.