‘It Is So Unfortunate’ – Wike Tackles Senate Over Move To Set Up Law School Campuses In Each Geo-political Zone
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has criticized plans by the Nigerian Senate to establish more Nigerian Law School campuses.
The Governor said he believes the move is politically motivated and targeted at 2023 amidst funding challenges for the existing campuses.
Wike disclosed that some Senators are sponsoring a bill in the National Assembly which seeks to create two campuses of the Nigerian Law School in each geo-political zone in the country.
Naija News learnt the bill is titled ‘A bill for an Act to amend the Legal Education (Consolidation etc.) Act by establishing the campuses for the Nigerian Law School, and for other related matters’.
While faulting the move, the Rivers State Governor lamented that it is unfortunate that almost everything in the country has become politicized.
He spoke on Wednesday when he paid an unscheduled visit to the Port Harcourt campus of the Nigerian Law School to inspect ongoing developmental projects in the campus.
Wike promised that world-class infrastructure will be provided in the Port Harcourt campus for both students and staff, but stressed that politics should not be brought into every situation in the country.
He said, “It is so unfortunate in this country that everything is being politicised. We are not perturbed because the Federal Government approved the establishment of this Law School. We got a letter from Mr. President through the Honourable, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, approving the establishment of this Law School. And he stated graciously through the Council of Legal Education that it should be established here in Port Harcourt.
“We said we are going to provide all the necessary infrastructure. I can see the level of infrastructure that is being provided, which of course I have said before is going to be world-class infrastructure that is supposed to be in a Law School. We are not only providing this infrastructure, but we are also providing accommodation where the lecturers will live with all other things attached to it. And this Law School will have its own investment to take care of the Law School whether the government is here or not.
“From what I heard, the Deputy Senate President through some other lawmakers are sponsoring a bill to establish two schools per zone, and then saying that one will be in Yenagoa and one in Delta state, in the village of the Deputy Senate President. It is most unfortunate”.