Posted: August 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

• As students plan peaceful demonstration
From: Ati Terkula (Makurdi)

Benue State University might soon loose her faculty of Law. The faculty which has already been deaccredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) owing to lack of infrastructure, is soon to receive yet another visit from the Council for Legal Studies in Nigeria to also ascertain whether the faculty if fit to undertake courses in Law.
The NUC in its regular tour of Nigerian universities visited the Benue State University law faculty to inspect facilities in the faculty which rated below standard, not meeting the requirement for the study of Law.
national accord findings show that the faculty which has approximately 850 undergraduate students and a host of Diploma and post-graduate students shares four 35-seater classrooms, one moot court and a grossly under stocked library which is unarguably unfit to undertake studies in any course at all.
A brief visit to the university on a typical lecture day, this infrastructural lack will hit such a visitor as eager students will be seen hanging around the corridor and windows of over-populated classrooms attempting to be part of a lecture. In a chat with the president of Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) BSU Chapter, Comrade Joshua Ortwav, while confirming the deaccreditation, expressed his bitterness towards the situation, he said it was difficult to receive lectures under such conditions a situation all the students of the institution go through, but with the beginning of work on the proposed faculty complex site, they were hopeful that their fortunes would definitely change.
“I am saddened by the news though I never had any formal communication on the issue but we are aware that there is not going to be admission for the in-coming jambites”.
During the chat, He also told national accord that the students had initially planned to stage a peaceful protest to establish their grievances but for his timely intervention they were calmed.
“When the students heard this they walked up to me requesting that we stage a peaceful protest to the government house and other authorities concerned but I calmed them on seeing the grading of the proposed faculty of Law complex site. Even yesterday we were in a meeting with our Dean on the matter. But our condition is even better than other faculties.” He said.
When contacted by national accord for comments on the alleged deaccreditation of his faculty, the Dean of the faculty, Bar. Akaa Imbwase, declined comments saying he was not authorized to comment on such an issue as he was not formally communicated as regards the issue but directed our correspondent to the registrar or vice chancellor of the university who were unavailable at the time of this publication.
The question now is what of the other faculties that have not been deaccredited? Do they wait till NUC raise their hammer? What future holds for this faculty? What happens to the hundreds who have applied to this institution to read Law in this faculty?

Meanwhile national accord has gathered that measures are on top gear to provide enough books for the school and especially Law library with structures ready to be put up beginning with the new Law faculty complex to enhance proper learning atmosphere and prevent further sanctions.
The deaccredited faculty of Law has been adjudged one of the best Law faculties in Nigerian judging by performances put up at the Nigerian Law School and competitions hosted home and abroad.

  1. Titus says:

    But why did post UME take place?


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