Reps halt planned increase of fees at Nigerian law school

Elizabeth AtimeFebruary 22, 20243 min
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The House of Representatives has rejected increment of fees for Nigeria law school saying the Nigerian economy situation is currently not favorable for that

The House also mandated the Council to stay action on the matter of school fees owing to the economic situation in the country.

The House of Representatives has called on the Council of Legal Education to immediately halt the planned increment of the fees at Nigerian Law School urging it to stay action on the matter owing to the economic situation in the country.

The decision was a sequel to the adoption of a motion moved by Rep. Obinna Chinda (PDP, Rivers) in the absence of the sponsor, Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP, Rivers) during plenary, on Wednesday.

Leading the debate on the motion titled, “Need to check the 60 per cent increase in the Nigerian Law School Fees,” Obinna noted that the Nigerian Law School “Is the medium through which the Council of Legal Education discharges its function to regulate the legal education of persons seeking to become members of the legal profession as provided for under Section 1(2) of the Legal Education (Consolidation, etc.) Act Cap. L10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

He also noted that the function of the Council of Legal Education to oversee legal education in Nigeria includes deciding the cost of tuition and other services rendered to students of the Nigerian Law School.

“The House is aware that Nigeria is currently facing a 27.33 per cent inflation rate, as reported by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, which is projected by trade economics to rise to 30 per cent  by December 2024.”

“The House is concerned that in exercising its functions, the Council of Legal Education has approved a 60 per cent increase in Nigerian law school fees from N296,000.00) to N476,000 in the 2023/2024 Bar Part II academic session,” adding that the  House “Is  also ware that the 2023-2024 Bar Part II academic session commenced in January 2024 with no time given to prospective students to raise the balance.”

He therefore warned that “unless immediate steps are taken to strike a balance between the Council’s need to provide quality services and the prospective students’ abilities to afford an increment, the country will see a high decrease in the number of Nigerian law school students, resultant decrease in the number of lawyers in the next Call to Bar Ceremony, therefore leading to a higher national unemployment rate as those unable to attend law school cannot work as legal practitioners.”

Ruling on the matter, the House further mandated its Committees on Tertiary Education and Services “To explore solutions to the issue at hand and report back within two weeks for further legislative action as time is of the essence.”

Elizabeth Atime

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