By Gibson Ogbeiniama
The long standing brick wall that demarcated NOUN Law graduates and the Nigerian law school has been constitutional demolished by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through his assent to the School’s amendment bill to pave way for the former to be admitted by the later.
This is a big very victory for the duo and the society at large. Thanks to the National Assembly and the presidency for bringing the long protracted rift to an end.
In the first instance, CLE as a noble institution, stuck by its long existing conventional policy of studies and succeeded in making the government of the day to amend the school’s Act to its academic taste. An Act that now improved the statues of school over many years of existence.
In the second instance, a victory for NOUN because its law graduates can now breath air of relief and hope after five good years of graduation and roaming the streets with their LL.B certificates.
In the third instance, a victory for the society as it will further encourage drop outs to resume studies; and more importantly, prospective students who could not afford the exorbitant fees of private and other government universities will also be attracted to enrol with NOUN for their betterment and the nation at large.
Without further controversy, the new amendment Act has automatically elevated the status of NOUN which must be seen operating without delay.
Interestingly, Dr. Ita Enang, while briefing the press, spiced the new amendment Act by strictly emphasizing on part of paragraph 2 which states “This brings the operations and course of study, including all administrative and legal processes in accord with all other existing universities in Nigeria, eliminating possible discrimination etc, against products and programmes of the university” This in my view was the principal aim of amending the school’s act to stop further discrimination, particularly against the law graduates by CLE and NYSC.
Furthermore, the chief custodian of the law who ensures the success of applicable laws in Nigeria is the AGF, whose purview the new amendment Act, CLE and NLS falls under, as such the needful should be done to enforce the law without hindrances.
Respectively, the NOUN is now at liberty to demand for a quota to clear the heavy backlog of its law graduates.
While appreciating the VC and NOUN management team, they should also see this golden elevation as a challenge and task to uplift the institution to an enviable and optimal standard for other existing universities to emulate in Nigeria and beyond.
Once again congratulations to NOUN.