By John Kayode
It was celebration galore as Akungba Law Clinic unveiled the Chief Registrar of National Industrial Court,Barr Olurotimi Daudu, as the patron of the Akungba Law Clinic.
The event, which took place at the Nelson Mandela Hall of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), saw the Vice Chancellor of the school,Prof. Olugbenga Ige declaring the event open.
The new Patron of the Law Clinic, Barr Olurotimi Daudu, in his acceptance speech said he was elated and happy to be bestowed with the role of patron.
Daudu said he would not take the opportunity for granted and would do anything to encourage and support the upcoming lawyers.
“Like I said, it is a humbling experience for me and it is one thing I will never take for granted, I appreciate you all. I am grateful to the people at the faculty of law for finding me worthy of this honour ,” he said.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Adekunle Ajasin Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Prof. Olugbenga Ige, at the event urged the council for legal education in Nigeria (law school) to increase the school’s current quota of 70 students to 150.
Ige said that the school’s faculty of law, which he said was one of the best in the country, has the human capacity to train more than the current number given to them.
He said the school would continue to improve infrastructural facilities in the faculty and other ones.
Ige urged the patron to help use his capacity to help as Chief Registrar of Industrial Court facilitate the increase in the numbers of students the law school could take from the school.
”We will appreciate whatever assistance you can do to help us increase the number from 70 every year. By the time I want to admit 71, JAMB will just cross the last one, they say your quota is 70.
“Our law faculty is doing exceptionally well,our students are doing great,our graduates are doing wonderfully fantastic.
“For us sir as university management, we will do everything possible to make sure that we provide infrastructure.
“Interms of human capacity in the faculty of law, we have enough, we have several professors there, we have associate professors, senior lecturers, nearly all the lecturers in the faculty of law have PhD,” he said.
Also, Dean of Faculty of Law, Barr. Olugbenga Oke,said Akungba Law Clinic was a project in the faculty of law.
Oke said that Daudu was brought because the faculty normally bring eminent people to mentor the young lawyers and to encourage them to look up to people like him.
“What we do is to train our student in practical and we make them to serve the community. Today’s occasion is to honour one of the leading light in the profession of law in Nigeria and that is the CR of Industrial Court as the patron of Akungba Law Clinic
“Because of our limited facility, the law school has pegged down our number of students we can send to law school every year to 70, so at the moment, we can only send 70 students.
“The campaign now is that law school should allow us to bring in more students Akungba Law is one of the best training grounds in Nigeria.
“The council for legal education regulate all law programme in Nigeria and our quota has remained 70, we have made concerted effort to make sure that our quota increased,but the 70 is still maintained and our students are doing very well.
“In Nigeria today people that want to read law prefer Akungba because we have the capacity and we are hoping that it will be moved to 150,” he said.