We built Port Harcourt Law School to be self-contained

By Tony John, Port Harcourt

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, again emphasized that the Dr Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt was designed to be a self-governing institution in Nigeria.

Governor Wike on Monday presented the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) of the property adjoining the campus acquired by the Rivers State Government to fulfill the mandate, to Chairman of the Legal Education Council, Emeka Ngige , Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

The presentation was made as Governor Wike led Legal Education Council Chairman Ngige, SANas well as the Chief Executive of the Nigeria Law School, Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma, SAN, and other dignitaries around the law campus structures which have been completed and ready for official handover.

Governor Wike said the acquisition of the property adjoining the campus would enable the campus operators to use them for various business and income generating activities to meet the financial needs of the Port Harcourt Law School.

He said, “We take this opportunity to present to you (Chairman) the Certificate of Occupation of the property which we have acquired and paid for by the Government of Rivers State for the Nigerian Law School, Dr Nabo Graham Douglas , Port Harcourt Campus.

“We are giving you ownership for the purpose of generating revenue to run this campus. Whatever income is generated must be used only for this campus.

“Very shortly, the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and the Chief Executive will meet to prepare a memorandum of understanding. This will ensure that you will not take revenue from here to subsidize other campuses. All the money you make here, put it here on this campus.

Governor Wike also told them that with construction on all campus structures now complete, the state government is waiting for the Board of Legal Education to choose a date when they want the campus to be theirs. officially handed over.

In his response, the Chairman of the Legal Education Council, Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN, noted that they were inspecting the facility and were amazed at what they saw.

“Last [year], July 17, 2021 was when we came for the foundation laying ceremony and His Excellency promised that this project would be delivered in a year. Behold, today is June 27, not until July, and he had delivered.

“Remember when we were doing the groundbreaking ceremony, His Excellency promised that every month he would give this campus 10 million naira for four years, and would receive in advance, about 480 million naira to make operate this institution.

“When I learned that he had acquired a neighboring property; houses, malls and other commercial facilities for the law school to rent out to generate revenue to run this institution. I can tell you that it is incomparable. »

For his part, the Chief Executive of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu Chiroma has described the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas Campus in Port Harcourt as the best and largest law campus in Nigeria.

“On behalf of the Council, we are very grateful for a promise made and a promise kept. This is the turning point in the history of legal education in Nigeria.

While inspecting the lecturers’ quarters in the new government residential area in Port Harcourt, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onueze CJ Okocha, SANsaid Governor Wike was an entertainer, delivering on his promises and delivered the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas Port Harcourt Campus which is tastefully built and furnished before the record time he set for himself.

Also speaking, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association. Okey Wali, SAN noted that Governor Wike did this to show that he is a lover of democracy and for the promotion of the judiciary in Nigeria.

Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Professor Zacchaeus Adangor, SANdescribed the project as historic and iconic because there is nothing like it across the country.

He said Governor Wike provided it as a commitment to advancing legal education in the country.

Jon J. Epps