Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has said that the bill in the National Assembly which seeks to establish two campuses of the Nigerian Law School in each of the geopolitical zones in Nigeria, is politically motivated. He said the proponents of the bill 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’ merely want to score a cheap political point in their constituencies ahead of the 2023 general election.
Kelvin Ebiri, spokesman to the governor, in a statement on Thursday, said Wike made this assertion during an unscheduled inspection of ongoing construction work at the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt on Wednesday. The governor said it is so unfortunate that some Senators want to politicize the establishment of Nigerian Law School campuses, even when there is glaring evidence that the Federal government cannot adequately fund the existing ones.
Governor Wike stated that for the South-South zone, a proposition to have one Law School campus in Yenagoa and another in the village of the Deputy Senate President, when approval had been given for the establishment of the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas campus in Port Harcourt, smacks of petty politics. According to him, there is no way the Council of Legal Education will support the politically induced proliferation of Law School campuses across the country.
“It is so unfortunate in this country that everything is being politicized. We are not perturbed because the Federal Government approved the establishment of this Law School.