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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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Wike: APC Chieftain Lampoons Northern Politicians In Tinubu’s Cabinet




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…says they’re gullible politicians who failed to represent the region well

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Sai’du Bobboi lampooned Northern politicians who have formed the cabinet of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a bunch of failures in representing the entire region.

He said the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Barrister Nyesome Wike is an intruder and the Party’s interloper who came from the opposition ruling party and displaced them in silenced any issues concerning the northern region.

He accused Wike of attacking some well-meaning Nigerians, especially those from the Northern extraction at will without any of the politicians in the current government fighting for the injustice being meted out by the current FCT minister to many sons and Daughters of the party.

Sai’du from Adamawa Central Senatorial District gave the example of Messrs Integrated Facility Management Services Ltd managing the affairs of the International Conference Center (ICC) Abuja abruptly revoked its contract with the federal government by Wike without following due process.

According to him, Wike did that because the company is owned by a Northerner and revoked the contractual agreement with the sole aim of empowering his political cronies who will be loyal to him in 2027.

The Adamawa State-born politician said the crop of ministers from the Northern region in the current cabinets are Wike stooges who do not have the capability and capacity to stand against injustice and defend anyone in the North.

Worried that if they cannot defend the interest of the North and any politician who has served the party well and wholeheartedly worked for the success of the party they have become failures and all Nigerians should boo them because they are a disgrace.

Sai’du further said that Mallam Ahmad Abubakar Moallayidi, a non-serving Senator who has represented Adamawa Southern Senatorial District in recent times became a victim of Wike’s “rascality” of attacking Northerners.

Sai’du who was the former National Chairman of the KOWA Party said Moallayidi was one of the few individuals who sacrificed a lot in delivering President Tinubu and all he could get in return was Wike’s sheer wickedness in attacking Northerners.

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to as a matter of urgency replace Wike with a more decent politician from Rivers State who is a true member of APC otherwise, the excesses of his leadership are becoming more unbecoming and will consume everyone in the party, including the president.

“Wike from PDP is getting on the nerves of everyone in APC, the Man is having his field day and his atrocities are going unhindered being aided by the so-called Ministers who are afraid to call him to order.

“All I’m saying is he should stand up for Justice and stop fighting those who worked for the party that’s today a beneficiary of their hard work and labor through all sorts of pains to bring Tinubu on board,” Sai’du said

Sai’du a one-time Vice Presidential Candidate of the KOWA PARTY in the 2015 Presidential Election With Professor Oluremi Sonayya as the only woman Presidential candidate continued to say that the APC party is becoming evil with the glaring tendencies of killing her own bonafide Sons and Daughters.

“Many people sacrificed a lot, who against all odds served the party and spent their time, energy and resources in bringing into power the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu are today crying for marginalization because the likes of Wike are the Alpha and Omega of all that’s happening in the party.” He said

He said Northern politicians in Tinubu’s regime are dosing off, they should wake up and fight for the collective interest of the entire region.

“Your silence is too much for our liking, you are becoming stooges to a Man that ought to be under your tutelage. He has silenced you and is making you irrelevant in this administration for his personal interest. Under your nose is fighting one of our own for no just course, under your watch is meting out injustice to some northern politicians and none of you can address him. You are failing us, you are not representing us well and you all will regret it later. Remember the consequences of your actions or inactions will bore down to the electorates to decide.” Sai’du further stated

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ADSUBEB Acting Chair, Shehu Felicitates With Gov Fintiri, Muslim Faithful On Eid-el-Fitr




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The Acting Chairman Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board, (ADSUBEB) Malam Shehu Umar Shehu has congratulated Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri and Muslim faithful in the state on the occasion of the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast.

Shehu, in his Sallah message made available to this platform, urged Adamawa people, especially Muslim faithful, to continue devoting themselves to prayers for unity, peaceful coexistence, and the progress of the state.

He called on people to keeping faith with the leadership of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, assuring that the state would continue to witness the type of greatness desired by citizens.

Malam Shehu acknowledged that the efforts of the Governor Umaru Fintiri led administration to improving the education are yielding results, and advised people to continue to support the present administration. 

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How Gov Fintiri, Atiku, Others Celebrate Eid-El-Fitir In Yola




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State Wednesday joined hundreds of Muslims at the Yola Eid ground to observe 2-raka’at supererogatory prayer in commemoration of this years Eid-el-fitir celebration.

Other dignitaries at the Eid ground include Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Waziri Adamawa, Alhaji Mustafa Aminu, the Galadima Adamawa among other senior government officials, traditional title holders, district heads among others.

In his sermon shortly after he led the 2 raka’at prayer, the Chief Imam of Modibbo Adama Central mosque, Yola, Khadi Ahmadu Bobboi admonished Muslims to fear Allah, shun away from all sinful activities even after the Ramadan period.

Bobboi urged the faithful to be thankful to Allah at all times, supplicate and pray fervently with their families for God guidance so that peace and tranquillity will continue to reign in the state and the country in general.

Governor Umaru Fintiri in an interview with newsmen shortly after the prayer, expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for the successful completion of Ramadan fasting and celebration of the Eid-el-fitir.

He said: “We are grateful to Almighty Allah for allowing us to observe one of the five Pillars of Islam. With this, I congratulate all Muslims across the world particularly Adamawa and Nigeria.

“And to urge us to live a life of modesty as enjoyed by Islam, help the needy, coexist peacefully and respect one another. This is my message today for the good people of my state and the country.”

Contributing, the Waziri Adamawa, Alh Atiku Abubakar while congratulating Muslims on the celebration of Eid-El-Fitir, describes the hardships Nigerians are going through as most unfortunate but expressed optimism that the country will overcome it.

“We should work hard and support government policies that are designed actually to alleviate the sufferings of the poor people. Basically, I’m not satisfied with the federal government policies, ” he said.

Meanwhile, 4 years down the line, the palace of the Lamido Adamawa HRH Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa, was back to life as Muslim faithful from various district and ethnic groups joined in the famous durba celebration and paid sallah homage at the palace of the Lamido in Yola.

The colorful event which was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was revived, to enable the faithful mark the end Eid-El-Fitr celebration in grand style.

In attendance at the Lamido’s palace for the epoch celebration was Governor Umaru Fintiri, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Awwal Tukur, Security Chiefs and other top Government officials among others.

In his speech, the former VP who is the Waziri Adamawa, congratulated the Muslim faithful for successfully completing the 2024 Ramadan fasting and urged the faithful to be steadfast in their commitment to humanity and respect for authorities.

He lamented the current economic situation of the country, and called on people to turn to God in prayers and support leaders to address the situation.

He commended Governor Fintiri for coming through in the face of the current hardships by distributing palliatives ro the citizens and urged the people not be tempted to sale the food items freely giving to them.

He further urged the government to assist farmers with farm inputs and called people to embrace farming as a means of survival to overcome the current hardships.

The Waziri Adamawa also urged farmers to plant early maturing crops in order to have a bumper harvest.

He also called on the people to work closely with security operatives and support them with relevant information that will aid in addressing insecurity in their communities.

Regarding the 2024 Hajj operation, he appealed to the government to look into the situation that is fast becoming affair for the rich and assist the pilgrims to enable them tap into the blessings of one of the important pillars in islam.

The Waziri Adamawa who stood in for Lamido Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustafa throughout the celebration has received a Sallah gift from Governor Umaru Fintiri at the event.


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