Soremekun explains why FUOYE is establishing Law Faculty

By Godfred Bakji and Adedeji Badejo

 

The Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) is establishing the Faculty of Law to further deepen access to the legal profession and remove any danger of exclusiveness people may erroneously have about the programme.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Kayode Soremekun made this revelation while receiving the accreditation team for the programme from Council of Legal Education (CLE) led by its Director General Professor Isa HayatuCiroma SAN on Tuesday February 25, 2020.

Some prominent legal icons have asked me why we want to start law again in Ekiti knowing that Ekiti State University (EKSU) and AfeBabalola University (ABUAD) are already established center of training in the state.

“We want to serve that poor village boy and girl who cannot access such training in those place and deepen the penetration of legal training not only for Ekiti people but across the federation and increase accessibility to the finest legal training that Nigeria can provide”, the Vice-Chancellor said noting that we must remove any air exclusivity in Nigerian society.

”I don’t take this moment lightly at all.

We are meeting with people who will help us midwife the Faculty of law in this University. The gods and goodness of legal training in Nigeria”

Noting that since Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC) had visited the campus and gave its nod for the University to start its law programmes, many people advised him to start but  Professor Soremekun say he still decided to tarry.

“My main concern is that you bring in students and there is an air of uncertainty. NUC has approved, yes, but CLE has not, that why we have been waiting, praying earnestly for this day”, he said.

Many of us don’t have the privileges being offered by private universities. The older generations went through trying times along with their parents to nurse, nurture and train us. Many people are still where we were for five decades ago and need society’s help and opportunities that older generation had.

Earlier the Director General had recalled previous efforts to bring him to the campus saying for more than a year now people from FUOYE and the law school had been putting pressures on him to visit the institution and see ongoing preparation for the takeoff of the law programme.

“Now is the right time” the professor of law said describing the job during the visit basically resource verification. “We will go round, interact, observe and advise as required” he stressed. “We want the best for our profession. I have seen these faces {referring to lecturers at the Faculty) somewhere. At the end of the visit, we will tell you our findings. We will look at the offices, the classrooms the libraries etc”. There are almost 50 faculties of law in Nigeria each with its own peculiarities. We won’t compromise our standards because we want the best for our profession, he stressed again.

The Director General came in with Mr. Ibrahim Sanni Mohammed (SAN) who is the President of Council of Attorney Generals in Nigeria and Attorney General of Ekiti State; Mr. Aminu Gadanya who is the representative of Nigerian Bar Association {NBA} who is representing Learned Authors; Mrs. Elizabeth Max-Uba who is a Director at Council of Legal Education (CLE); Mrs. Olayinka Tuyo who is a Librarian at the Law School and Mr. Beripsiri Yohanna who is the Secretary of the team.