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Gov Wike Seeks Approval For Establishment Of Law School In Port Harcourt



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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has requested approval for the establishment of a campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt.

The governor in a statement by his Media Aide Mr Kelvin Ebiri said the request is made in view of the fact that the existing six campuses of the Nigerian Law School across the country can only admit 6000 out of the over 10000 applicants that seek legal education every year.

Governor Wike made the request during the flag-off of two hostel blocks (450 bed spaces each) and a 1500 capacity auditorium, being constructed by the Rivers State Government, at the Yenagoa Campus of the Nigerian Law School on Friday.

According to Governor Wike, Rivers State Government is willing to provide the basic infrastructure required in establishing another law school within six months in order to accommodate more students desirous for legal education.

“Let me throw a challenge to the Chairman of Council of Legal Education, to the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Justice, and to the Director General of Nigeria Law School. How do we accommodate this extra 4000 people that are left out since the only capacity the law school can take is 6000?”

The governor expressed the readiness of States to support the council of Legal Education and the federal government if they are given opportunity to provide requisite infrastructure for the establishment of more Law Schools to accommodate eligible aspirants to the legal profession.

“Nobody should play politics with this. As a State Government, I am ready to within the next six months give you everything that is required to establish a Law School in Port Harcourt. What are the facilities you need? Four hostels; two for men, two for women, an auditorium, multipurpose hall, law clinic, two moot court rooms, vehicles and residences for staff, then, Port Harcourt can host a campus of law school.”

Governor Wike said no person should be surprised that Rivers State Government is intervening in Yenagoa campus of Nigerian Law School because the institution is meant for South-South Region.

“So, one of these days, I came here with the DG, and what I saw was not befitting of a Law School for legal education. For a school in the South-South, this is where our children come to, we should be able to give support. What Rivers State Government is spending is not less than N5billion Naira to build 900 bed space hostels for boys and girls and then 1500 capacity auditorium.”

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami described such intervention of the Rivers State Government in improving facility for legal education as a worthy complimentary effort.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General of the Federation, Dayo Apata, the Attorney General of the Federation, said the request for a campus in Port Harcourt can be favourably considered when a formal proposal is received.

“I see clarity of thought. About how Nigeria can be better off. I see a man with passion, very passionate about development. Everything you spoke about, discussed is about Nigeria to be better off. You are touching life. We see you doing projects. You have written your name in the sands of time.”

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, represented by his deputy, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo described the intervention of Governor Wike as remarkable.

According to him, since the Bayelsa State Government donated the land and the few structures, the federal government has not made any contribution since 2011 when it was established.

“This project here you’re initiating today, ought to be a federal government project. And since this campus was donated by Bayelsa State Government, we have not seen anything done by the federal government.

“At this point, It is now the duty of those of us in the South-South Region to nurture this campus, so that it will become a reputation. And so, we are very happy for this hand of cooperation and fellowship you have extended to this campus.”

On his part, Director-General of Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu Chiroma said facilities at the campuses of Nigeria Law School have become insufficient to cater for the needs of legal education.

This is so, he said, because of the increased number of students enrolment to study law in Nigeria and in diaspora.

“Hence the urgent need for interventions and assistance in these critical areas. It is therefore instructive, a welcome development and the reason for this happy gathering in our Yenagoa

Chairman, Council Of Legal Education, Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN, said the central idea behind these constructions by the Rivers State government is to address the infrastructural deficits of lecture and accommodation spaces for the ever increasing number of students seeking to acquire vocational legal training in Nigeria.

“It is no secret that since the establishment of the Yenagoa and Yola campuses of the Nigerian Law School in 2011 little or no attention has been made by Government or concerned stakeholders to build more hostels and lecture halls to effectively accommodate students adequately.

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Gov Fintiri Swears In New LG Auditor General




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has presided over the swearing in of the new Auditor General for Local Government with a charge on him to deploy policies that will cut waste and corruption.

The Governor at an event in the Council Chamber Government House, Yola said the appointment was made after a rigorous examination.

The Governor while charging the new AG for LG to be guided by the oath sworn urged him to do justice to all manner of people cautioning him against victimization.

While expressing confidence in his capability and integrity as exhibited in the rigorous process that led to his emergence, the Governor encouraged him to live up to expectation.

He challenged the new Auditor General for LG to bring his experience to bare and make the Local Government transparent and accountable.

Government according to him will continue to ensure the best is achieved without cutting corners stressing that he will not open the state treasuries for looting but will continue to work for the overall development of the state.

Responding the newly sworn in Auditor General for Local Government, Bashir Ijamulu Yusuf expressed appreciation to the Governor for finding him worthy of the exalted position assuring that all policies and programs of government will be pursued rigorously without victimizing anybody.

The oath of office and allegiance was administered by the State Solicitor General.

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Atiku Calls For Speedy Declaration Of Adamawa Guber Election Result




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Former Vice President, Alh Atiku Abubakar has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to release Adamawa State Governorship election results unfailingly today.

Atiku who is the Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in this February Presidential election made the call during a press conference in Yola Monday.

He calls on Nigerians and International community to mount pressure on the INEC to announce what he described as the mandate expressed by the people Adamawa people.

“I’m reaching out to Nigerians and international community to put pressure on INEC to release our results in Adamawa State today unfailingly because as the more the delay, the more the tension.

“I personally spoke with the INEC Chairman last night couple of times and pleaded with him to allow the result to be announced as stipulated by law,” Atiku added.

He observed that the actions of INEC has caused serious tension in the state that has been peaceful, saying “we don’t know any violence and yet the attitude of INEC in the state least much to be desired.”

Alh Abubakar said Adamawa is a multi ethnic and multi religious state but the action of INEC was trying to destabilize the stability that has long been existed in the state.

“We thought that the processes are improving by every election but unfortunately with this election, we have not seen improvement that we expect from INEC,” he said.

He maintained that 20 out the 21 local government results were so far collated and it was only Fufore that they tried to alter the results.

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2023 Polls: Taraba Deputy Governor, Manu Commends INEC, Calls For Peace




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Taraba State Deputy Governor, Engr. Haruna Manu on Saturday commended the INEC for swiftly testifying the lapses discovered during the 25th February 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election in the state.

Manu who is also the Senator-elect representing Taraba Central, made the commendation while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after casting his vote for the governorship and state house of assembly election alongside his wife at Isa II Kofar Manu polling unit in Mutum Biyu, Gassol local government area of the state.

He said by rectifying the mistakes made during the first phase of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission in the state, Tarabans will exercise their franchise without hitches.

According to him, from the information reached him, the election generally was going on peacefully, adding that people were allowed to vote for candidates of their choice without any threat.

The Senator-elect assured his constituents of quality representation at the Red Chamber and promised to ensure that the needs they highlighted for him would be achieved during his tenure.

Engr. Haruna Manu also expressed confidence that his party the PDP will win the governorship election and the majority of the state house of assembly seats in the state.

He appealed to the people of the state to remain calm, law-abiding, and embrace one another, as well as urged them to accept the outcome of the election in good faith when INEC finally declared the winners of the governorship and state assembly seats.

Our Correspondent gathered that the elections were conducted smoothly across the sixteen LGAs of the state besides Donga LGA where hoodlums destroyed ballot boxes.

He, however, observed a low turnout of voters in some areas, while in some polling units, the turnout was higher than in the Presidential and National Assembly election that took place last month.

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