June 1, 2018

FG urged to review fees at Nigerian Law School

President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the guests during the Democracy Day Lecture held at the International Conference Centre in Abuja

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—A Benin, Edo State-based legal practitioner, Mr Olayiwola Afolabi, has called for a downward review of the school fees charged at the Nigerian Law School across the country, saying that the increase in the school fees had  deprived some young graduates the opportunity of enrolling at the Law School for their mandatory one year course.

Afolabi made  the appeal shortly after the annual  Judiciary Staff award ceremony at the State High Court complex, Benin City and hosted by the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice E. Ikponmwen,

Afolabi who commended the hardworking staff of the judiciary in the state, said that it was expensive for would be lawyers  in Nigeria these days to enrol for the mandatory  one year course, just as he recalled that in his days, he paid N70,000 for the course.

He said: “When I was in the Nigerian Law School, before I graduated, I paid only N70,000, but now, if you are not rich, you will need to be supported. I am calling on the Federal Government to ensure that it reduces the school fees because it is  now too expensive for would-be lawyers.

“To be a lawyer these days in Nigeria, you must be rich, that is why some law graduates cannot  go for the one year programme and some of them have to step down because they do not have the money to pay. This is an appeal to the Federal Government to step in by reducing  the school fees charged by the Law School nationwide.”