- The antecedent of how the newly constructed Port Harcourt law school came into existence has been revealed
- Governor Nyesom Wike said he first conceived the idea when he visited the Abuja Law School some years back
- He said the facilities at the Abuja Law School were below standard, and he was in awe at the state of the infrastructure
Rivers, Port Harcourt - Governor Nyesom Wike has recounted how the new Dr Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School in Rumueme, Port Harcourt, was conceived by him.
While speaking at the commissioning of the giant project, Governor Wike said he had earlier proposed the project to the administration of his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, while he served as the chief of staff.
“I remember when I was chief of staff, the law school that is in Bayelsa today was to come to Rivers but the government at that time said no. They were not willing to have a law school campus in Port Harcourt.”
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Gov Wike recounts trip to Abuja Law School
Governor Wike recounted attending a ‘Call to Bar’ ceremony at the Abuja law school. He was in awe of the poor infrastructure in what was supposed to be the headquarters of the Nigerian law schools.
Governor Wike stated that when the Nigerian Body of Benchers entered and filled up the hall, he was not pleased with the sight of what he was seeing.
“‘How can we have this as a law school and especially the headquarters of the Nigeria Law School? This is unacceptable.’ I sent somebody to call me the Director General of the Law School, though I didn’t know him.”
The Rivers state governor stated that he offered to renovate the Abuja Law School, but the then-director declined and instead placed priority on Bayelsa state.
Upon getting to Bayelsa state, Governor Wike said he got the motivation to erect a Law School Campus in Rivers state.
“You would never allow even your worst slave to go to that school. It was so bad. I was touched and I said, ‘What do we do?’ (The DG) said their immediate problem was that there was no accommodation or auditorium for them to do any activity.
“I said the Rivers State Government would contribute to building 900 spaces of hotels and then 1,500 capacity multipurpose hall. Then I told him to go and design it. He designed it and brought it at the cost of over N5bn. We passed through the due process and awarded the contract."
Malami reveals what Wike has done to judiciary in Rivers
Meanwhile, the attorney general of the federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has commended the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, for his judiciary support.
Malami, at the commissioning of a new law school started and completed by Wike in Rivers state, described Wike as Mr. Project.
The minister of justice noted that Wike did not just build the law school but has supported federal courts in the state.