Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike has delivered a fitting birthday gift to the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education (CLE), Chief Emeka Ngige SAN with the completion of Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt. Ngige turns 61 years today, July 11, 2022.
The CLE Chairman has been passionate about revamping the moribund infrastructure at the Nigerian Law School. Aside from securing several projects notably from Lagos and Rivers State Governments, the alumni and other stakeholders, Ngige spearheaded an ambitious “Nigeria Law School Support Initiative” which was launched during his 60th birthday to further the objective of positioning the Nigerian Law School as a world-class citadel for the training of lawyers.
At a gathering where Wike handed over more land title documents and hint on completion of the Law School Campus project to the authorities, Ngige described Wike as a promise keeper, adding that he promised to deliver on the audacious project a month before the deadline.
Governor Wike on the occasion re-emphasised that the Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt has been delivered to be self-sustaining.
Ngige, following the latest project inspection and receipt of the further titled documents said: “July 21, 2021, when we came for foundation laying, His Excellency promised this project will be delivered in one-year. Behold, today is June 27, 2022, not up to July yet and he had delivered.
“Recall that when we were doing the ground breaking ceremony, His Excellency promised that every month he will give this campus N10 million for four years, and will be given in advance, that is about N480 million to run this institution.
“When I learnt that he had acquired adjoining property, houses, shopping malls and other business facilities for the Law School to rent out to raise revenue to run this institution. I can tell you it is unparalleled.”
A fulfilled Wike on the occasion, said: “We are using this opportunity to present Certificate of Occupancy of the property acquired and paid for by the Rivers State Government for the Nigerian Law School, Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas, Port Harcourt Campus to you (Chairman).
“We are giving the property to you for the purposes of making some revenue to run this campus. Whatever revenue derived is to be utilised for this campus alone.
“Soon, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice and Director-General will meet to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding. It will ensure that you won’t take revenue from here to subsidise for other campuses. Any money you make here, put it here in this campus.”
Wike conducted Ngige with Director-General of Nigeria Law School, Prof. Isa Chiroma, SAN, and other dignitaries round structures within the Law Campus that are completed and ready for formal handover, according to a THISDAY report.
He said with construction work on all the structures in the campus now completed, the state government awaits the Council of Legal Education to choose a date when they desire the campus be formally handed over to them.
Wike later took Ngige and other officials on a guided tour of the new Law School campus.
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