The Senate has passed a bill to increase the number of Nigerian Law School campuses in the country from 7 to 13.
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” was sponsored by Kogi West Senator Smart Adeyemi.
The passage of the Bill followed the adoption of the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters that considered the Bill.
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, presented the report.
According to the Bill, campuses of the Nigerian Law School and their locations include Bwari Law School Campus, FCT, Abuja; Kabba Law School Campus (Northcentral); Jos Law School, Plateau State (North Central); Yola Law School Campus, Adamawa (Northeast), Maiduguri Law School campus, Borno State (Northeast); Lagos Law School Campus (Southwest) and Ilawe Law School campus, Ekiti State (Southwest).
Others are Kano Law School Campus (Northwest); Argungun Law School Campus, Kebbi State (Northwest), Enugu Law School Campus, Enugu State (Southeast); Okija Law School Campus (Southeast); Yenegoa Law School Campus, Bayelsa State (Southsouth); Port Harcourt Law School Campus, Rivers State (Southsouth) and Orogun Law School campus, Delta State (Southsouth).
According to the Bill, “There shall be established a minimum of two campuses in each of the six geopolitical zones, as specified in the schedule to the Bill.
The Senate resolved that the Bwari Law School should be for the Federal Capital City, while the proposed campuses in Kabba, Kogi State and Jos, Plateau state would take care of the North Central zone.
The committee said: “That in view of the exponential increase in the number of law graduates from our universities and even foreign universities, coupled with the backlog that existed over the years, this legislative intervention measure is not only apt and timely but paramount;
“That without prejudice to the establishment of the Law School Campus in Port-Harcourt, the provision for additional campuses in the six geopolitical zones of the federation in this Bill is appropriate as it has not tampered with the seven existing campuses p, established by administrative responsibilities of the Council of Legal Education;
“That the existing campuses are overstretched and the infrastructures are not enough to accommodate thousands of law students graduating from the universities;
“That apart from the statutory requirement for the creation of additional campuses, it should be strictly on the basis of need assessment and fulfilment of other indicators, such as convenience, and accessibility by lecturers, staff and students, availability of office, lecture theatre and hostel facilities, proximity to courts and law offices; and
“That the Federal Government should, as a matter of priority, provide adequate resources for the funding of the infrastructural needs of the Law School campuses, across the country.”