A group, the Bayelsa State Law graduates have sent a Save-Our-Soul message to the state Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson over the threat to the admission of over 28 graduates into the Nigerian Law School over lack of tuition fee.
According to the group, though series of correspondence through the office of the Chief of Staff and the office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice have failed to yield desirable response, the plea to the State Governor is for him to use his good office to assist its members financially in enrolling into the Nigerian Law School in the coming academic year.
The President of the Bayelsa State Graduate Forum, Mr. Aluzu Augustine ,in the letter made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, said twenty-Eight of its members may miss out on their admssion into the Nigerian law school coming academic session due to inability to afford the tuition fee.
According to him, “The Nigerian law school which will resume academic activities on 12 November, 2018 will run a compulsory one year law programme which will qualify successful students to be called into the Nigerian Bar.”
Aluzu said “the call is a last resort by the body as entreats made to the state government was yet to yield results. The Bayelsa State Law Graduates Forum is calling on the state government and well meaning individuals to come to the financial aid of 28 of its indigent members who have been shortlisted for a one year compulsory academic programme at the Nigerian Law School.”
“The Forum is home to law graduates from Bayelsa state with 67 of its members being enlisted for admission into the Nigerian Law School.Some of our members risk losing out on their admission due to inability to afford the school’s tuition fee this year. The school fee is ₦295,000.00 per person.”
“We have already written series of letters to the state government appealing for subvention.The plea is for the government of Bayelsa state to come to the financial aid of these graduates who have currently lost so much due to the ravaging flood in Bayelsa state by providing them with law school subvention.”
“The subvention will also ameliorate the financial difficulties of our parents who are mostly civil servants and pensioners in providing for us throughout our undergraduate days in the university.”
“The actual number of those affected by lack of funds were thirty-three. However, it was Niger Delta University Alumni Association which assisted five of our members in completing their various tuition fee with a kind donation of ₦100,000.00”
“Having raised part of the money, the rest of our members would have taken advantage of the Bayelsa state students loan board but to our dismay, the board is yet to be fully inaugurated by His Excellency.” He stated.
Also speaking, the President of National Association of Bayelsa State Law Students comrade Smith Livinus-agala said his Association had taken steps to avoid the situation by writing to appropriate government quarters but is yet to get any favourable response.
He described the situation as urgent, owing to the financial realities of the state while noting that it would not be the first time the government will be providing subvention for law students going to law school as it last did so in 2010. “We are earnestly pleading with the state government to provide subvention for law school students of Bayelsa state extraction.
“According to our records, 28 law graduates may miss out on their law school admission if something urgent is not done to provide them with subvention,” he said.