Wike hands over Certificate of Occupancy of Nabo Graham Douglas campus to Law School

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh and Chris Ezeonoh, Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Wike has handed over the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) to the adjoining property of Nabo Graham Douglas campus of the Nigerian Law School in Port Harcourt.

Almost one year after the Rivers State helmsman commenced construction of the Port Harcourt campus of Nigerian Law School, the facility has been completed.

Wike presented the certificate during the inspection of the completed campus by the Director-General of Nigeria Law School, Prof. Isa Chiroma (SAN), and Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education.

The governor said the law school in Port Harcourt would be a self-sustained institution in Nigeria.

Wike noted that the acquisition of the adjoining property to the campus will enable the operators of the campus to use them for various commercial and revenue generating activities in order to meet the financial needs of the institution.

“We are using this opportunity to present the Certificate of Occupancy of the property we have acquired and paid for by the Rivers State Government for the Nigerian Law School, Dr. Nabo Graham Douglas, Port Harcourt Campus, to you (Chairman).

“We are giving the property to you for the purposes of making some revenue to run this campus. Whatever revenue derived is to be utilised for this campus alone.”

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“Very soon, the state attorney-general and commissioner for justice and the director-general will meet to prepare a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It will ensure that you won’t take revenue from here to subsidise other campuses. Any money you make here, put it here on this campus” Wike said.

The governor said he awaits the Council of Legal Education to choose a date when they desire for the campus to be formally handed over to them.

The Chairman of the Council of Legal Education said they were amazed at what they have seen during the inspection of the facility.

“Last 27th July 2021 was when we came for the foundation laying ceremony and His Excellency promised that this project will be delivered in one-year. Behold, today is June 27th, not up to July yet and he had delivered.

“Recalled that when we were doing the ground breaking ceremony, His Excellency promised that every month he will give this campus N10 million for four years, and will be given in advance, that is about N480 million to run this institution.

“When I learnt that he had acquired adjoining property, houses, shopping malls and other business facilities for the Law School to rent out to raise revenue to run this institution. I can tell you it is unparalleled” Ngige said.

Chiroma described the Graham Douglas Campus as the best and mother of all law campuses in Nigeria.

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