Lagos Judges For UNILAG Moot Court Trials
Last Thursday, members of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Alumni Association visited the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, in his office at Ikeja, to commend his “valued contribution” to the development of the legal system in Lagos State, since becoming its Chief Judge, and seek his participation in the activities of the alumni, among others.
Justice Alogba assured them that judges and magistrates of the Lagos State judiciary would henceforth participate in Moot Court Trials of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos .
Justice Alogba said: “We would be ready to supply our judges and magistrates who would come to participate in moot court trials of the students whenever they are needed”, adding that members of the bench would be glad to contribute to improvement and development of Law Faculty of the institution.
He pledged his support and that of other judges who are also alumni of the institution towards the development of the institution..
Judges present during the visit included Justice Toyin Ipaye, Justice Adenike Coker, Justice Jumoke Pedro, Justice Atinuke Oluyemi, Justice Adedayo Akintoye and Justice R.O. Olukolu.
The UNILAG alumni team comprised the Vice President, Dr. Fassy Yusuf, Olusegun Fabunmi (SAN), Chief Adebisi Ogundipe, Dr. Kayode Owolabi, Otunba Seun Badejo, Jeremiah Olatinwo and the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Yetunde Abatan.
UNILAG Law Library under consideration
Justice Alogba promised that he would arrange a visitation to the library of the Faculty of Law along with some judges to determine the level of assistance to be offered to upgrade facilities at the Law Faculty.
Maintaining standard of Law education
Justice Alogba and Justice Ipaye recalled that despite that UNILAG was not the premier university, it succeeded in building a very high and enviable standard in Law education such that some African countries send their students on scholarship to study Law at the institution.
He said: “We must ensure that the standard of law education does not fall. The alumni must team up to ensure we do all that is necessary to retain standards.
Charges to alumni association
“The alumni association must focus on infrastructural development and remain cohesive for the benefit of students coming behind. I assure you of the support of my learned brothers on the Bench and I promised that we would find more time to engage in the activities of the association even within our busy schedule, even at a representative level.”
Why alumni must give back to their root
Earlier, Yusuf told the Chief Judge that the UNILAG Alumni Association needed his support and compassion and that of his colleagues on the Bench of the state judiciary who graduated from the institution “to give something back to their root.”
His words: “I am a biographer, I love reading and writing. I want to look back and when writing on your biography for instance one day, I want to quote you as an alumni and that whatever you achieved , the foundation was laid at UNILAG.
“We want to use this platform to encourage those who graduated from UNILAG to join us. There is a lot to be done. Anybody who graduated from UNILAG must be proud of our heritage.
“When they see the likes of the Chief Judge and the judges, they would be more strengthened to join and give back to the university”, he added.
Judges share memories of UNILAG
Both the Chief judge and Yusuf shared experiences and role played during the students’ demonstration tagged “Ali Must Go” days, and “Akintunde nassacre”.
“Ali Must Go’ days was a turbulent experience. It was a period when people stood for their rights”, the Justice Alogba recalled.
Justice Ipaye said: “UNILAG is the incubator, engine room and factory where leaders of Nigeria were baked. I was graduated at UNILAG. I was a foundation lecturer at Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan in 1983. But I went back to UNILAG and rose to become a research fellow before my elevation to the Lagos State Bench”
Justice Pedro said: “It was a good experience for me. It laid the foundation for what I am today. I am sure it would continue to maintain the pride of place amongst universities in Nigeria.”
Justice Coker said: “I am a proud alumni.”
Mrs. Abatan thanked the Chief Judge for hosting members of the alumni association.
“I am thrilled to see the array of judges here present. They are women who have broken barriers to get to this level. It is a thing of joy we have so much ambassadors on the Lagos Bench,” she said.
Culled from The Nation