Rivers approves new Law School campus in Port Harcourt

Rivers approves new Law School campus in Port Harcourt

The Rivers State Executive Council has approved Governor Nyesom Wike’s offer to build a campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt, the state capital, which will be delivered to the Council of Legal Education.

The council gave the approval at its meeting presided over by Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt during the weekend. Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, who briefed journalists after the council’s meeting, said that one of the conditions prescribed by the Council of Legal Education was that the offer made by the governor must receive approval of the Rivers State Executive Council.

“The Rivers State Executive council met and upon due consideration of the memo presented by Adangor, council approved the offer to build, furnish and deliver a new campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt to the Council of Legal Education,” he said.

He further informed that the council also authorised the office of the Attorney General to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the council of Legal Education, specifying the conditions and signaling approval of the Rivers State government to undertake the construction of the new Law School campus.

Adangor said having a law school in Port Harcourt would address the lack of carrying capacity of existing campuses and also broaden the chances of qualified applicants seeking admission into the Nigerian Law School.

He expressed hope that the new campus would promote legal education and re-establish Rivers State on the map as the centre of legal education in the country.

He recalled that the offer to establish a Nigerian Law School campus was earlier made to the Rivers State government under the previous administration, but for inexplicable reasons, the offer was rejected.

“It is, therefore, reassuring to Rivers people that the Wike administration has redeemed the injustice done to the state by the previous administration with a campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt,” he said.

Wike had, during the unveiling of the construction of facilities at the Yenagoa campus of the Nigerian Law School by the Rivers State government on June 4, 2021, offered to build a campus of the Nigerian Law School in the state if approved by the Council of Legal Education.

MEANWHILE, Wike will today, unveil the Woji-Aleto-Alesa-Refinery road to link the East West Road. A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, disclosed that the road, which the state government considered a strategic response to the traffic gridlock along the East West Road, would reduce travel time from the Port Harcourt Refinery to Okrika and Ogoni areas and also serve as a bypass to the East West road.

Nsirim said the eight-kilometre double-lane road would have a 200 meters bridge structurally designed to match the terrain of the area.

Wike said it was a disservice for politicians to overlook the infrastructure and socio-economic needs of their people to pursue their selfish ambitions.