By Dapo Akinrefon
GOVERNOR of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and one-time President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, have commended a member, Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Dr Benson Enikuomehin for setting up a law library aimed at assisting lawyers and Nigerians to access legal books and law reports.
Also, chairman of the NDDC, Mr Chibuzor Ugwoha lauded Enikuomehin’s efforts for taking it upon himself to assist lawyers, who are unable to access law books.
The commissioning of the law library, which took place at Dansville Plaza near Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja, had dignitaries such as the representative of the Ondo State Governor, who is Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ehitayo Jegede, SAN, Senator Hosea Ehinlanwo, the Ebumawe of Ago-Iwoye, Oba Adesina Adenugba; Chief Olanipekun, NDDC Commissioner from Delta State, Elder Emmanuel Ogidi, Special Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Youth Matters, Mr Kolade Akinjo, Justice Chris Ajama, representative of the, NDDC, Managing Director, Mrs Ihuoma Chukwuma, NDDC Director Dr Christy Alako, Prince Tunji Adeyemo and Ambassador Chuka Okafor.
In his address, representative of Dr Mimiko, Mr Ehitayo Jegede described Enikuomehin as a brother, friend and colleague in the development of the sunshine state.
“Dr Enikuomehin is a good man. We are happy to associate with your vision. It is not everybody that is politically endowed that will remember to give back to their profession, but you have done that. For us in Ondo State, we are really proud of you,”Jegede said.
On his part, Chief Olanipekun described the centre as one of the best in the country.
He expressed optimism that within the next few years, the place would become a law building. However, he said law libraries are frontiers of knowledge, hence the need for a law gallery, adding that from inception, his ambition had been to imitate the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s law building vision. He, however, commended Enikuomehin for the initiative.
Also representative of the NDDC boss, Mrs Chukwuemeka, described the library as a milestone.
She said, “this milestone is significant to us for many reasons. From the perspective of a regional development agency, the opening of the Abuja offices of an already successful Niger-Delta based law firm is a sign, however, subtly, of the increasing population of the region’s professionals in the robust and rewarding legal market place that our nation’s capital offers.”
Further she said, “at the NDDC, we appreciate the functional role and value of law and its practitioners in the development process. It is for this reason that we have maintained a working partnership with the NBA, known as the NDDC-NBA partnership on law and development in the Niger Delta. We intend to pursue the project full steam, to the benefit of the region, the country and the legal profession.”
For Dr Enikuomehin, it was the realisation of a dream come true. He attracted jurists and eminent personalities to the commissioning of his state-of-the-art Law Library in Abuja. While on a facility tour of the chambers and the library, the guests had a first hand glimpse of the books on display, but were not disappointed with what they saw.
For Enikuomehin, who is the pioneer Secretary, NBA, Ikorodu Branch, it was a dream come true. He could not hide his joy as he said the project was the fulfillment of the dream he had since he was called to the Bar.
The NDDC chief explained that the centre was meant to create an avenue for people, especially lawyers who are unable to access legal books and law reports.
He said that the language of the court for any prospective lawyer is in the law reports, which informed his decision to open the library. Akinjo believed that library will help to strengthen legal institutions in the country. He urged other lawyer to emulate Enikuomehin, stressing that Law books should be accessible to every individual.