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vocational training like their counterparts from other universities in and outside the country. Prior to the legislative review process, the CLE which was represented by the DirectorGeneral of the Nigerian Law School, told the Senate at the public hearing that the Act must be amended to remove the term, “Correspondence” as a mode of learning of the institution and acknowledged that the institution doesn’t study by “Correspondence” but found wanting by the clause. This made the Senate to put the machinery in motion for the amendment to enable innocent citizens who are trapped to be set free. Nobody knew that the demand to amendment the clause was a delay tactics to keep prolonging the matter.  Eventually, after going through the rigorous legislative processes, the clause was reviewed as demanded to “Full-time programme” to be on the same pedestal with other universities in Nigeria. From record, these same bullied students defeated their counterparts in just one opportunity offered to them in a national competition when allowed to participate, and in the remarks of the panel of judges, may continue to win on account of a good margin in their performance. It is therefore believed that the concealed grievance is that NOUN law graduates broke

the record and emerged star prize winners just in NOUN’s first participation which was unprecedented, hence disqualified from further contests out of malice. Suffice it to state that some persons are merely witch hunting the institution over excellence! Such hostility! But two years counting, after President Buhari’s assent, nothing has changed. Could a Presidential assent be thrown into the waste bin, so simply? By this time last year when the Presidential assent was approaching one year, to douse tension that almost led to uproar, some gimmicks were played during the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) which looked as if the admission of these law graduates was among the agenda. From reports in the media, all manner of gimmicks from secret meetings to suggesting a strange Bar Part 1 for students who studied in a home university and duly accredited by NUC were stage managed and displayed. The most disgusting part is that the arrow heads are mostly appointees of President Buhari who gave assent to the NOUN Act! For example, the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma (SAN); Chairman, Council of Legal Education, Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) are all appointed by President Buhari. Yet, their principal and the government they are part and parcel of is being subjected to scorn. Could it be said that the government is inept and doesn’t have capacity on administration and leadership? Ridiculously, this is a government with the legislature and executive arms headed by the same All Progressives Congress (APC). Could the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) claim that these intimidations being meted out to innocent and helpless students have not come to their ears and notice? Or does the government want these students to resort to lawlessness or roaming the streets with Bachelor of Laws degree they worked hard to earn? President Buhari and the National Assembly must resist such bullying, discriminations and intimidations against these law students of NOUN. Education cannot be subjected to such partisanship and hostility. The endless and innumerable flimsy excuses from these government bodies cannot continue. The issues of NOUN law graduates and admission into the Law School have over lingered, and must be resolved forthwith before things get out of hand. The Nigerian Law School is a facility of the federal government and doesn’t belong to any persons. It is therefore instructive that the authorities intervene to resolve the matter without further delay before the second anniversary of the presidential assent on December 6, 2020, to prevent chaos in the society. These students cannot continue to be waiting in futility or roaming the streets for no wrong doing other than that some persons are hostile to NOUN. A stitch in time saves nine. Let the gimmicks stop!

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