The Senate has passed for second reading, a bill which seeks to increase the number of the Nigerian Law School campuses in the country from six to 12.
If the bill saile through, Anambra State would have a campus of the Law School in Okija in the Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.
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 Senator Smart Adeyemi.
Adeyemi, who represents Kogi West in the upper chamber in his lead debate, said it has become necessary to establish six additional Law School campuses to cater for yearly increases of law graduates seeking admission into the six available law school campuses in the country.
He said, “According to the admission quota of Law Students allocated to all these Universities per year, 5640 students are admitted yearly into their Law Faculties.
“The implication of this data is that about 5500 Law Graduates are produced from the 55 Universities yearly.
“It should be noted that while the records of the Nigerian Law School indicates that it has the capacity to admit 6510 Students yearly,
which ordinarily would have been adequate to accommodate all prospective Law Graduates from the Universities, unfortunately, the
less than or about 70 per cent yearly performance of the Law School, has over several years accumulated about 30 per cent failure yearly.
“This record implies that about 2000 of the 6510 admitted yearly have to repeat the School for another year, with no automatic
guarantee of making it on the second attempt.
However Adeyemi said the six additional campuses being proposed include Kabba Law School Campus, Kogi (North Central), Maiduguri Law School Campus, Borno (North East), Argungu Law School Campus, Kebbi (North West), Okija Law School Campus, Anambra (South East), Orogun Law School Campus, Delta (South South), and Ifaki Law School Campus, Ekiti (South West).