The possibility of not being mobilized for the Nigerian Law School in 2022 has caused some final-year law students in Nigeria’s public universities to sob. This is because the Academic Staff Union of Universities is still on strike.
Some of them lamented that their institution had not yet processed their final year results when they were spoken to separately on Tuesday.
Under the condition of anonymity, a student at Obafemi Awolowo University said, “This experience is traumatizing. Since last year, we have lived at home. At the bar, my university friends who are already in law school would be my seniors. Our coworkers at the bar would be our two-year seniors if we missed this chance once more.We hope that this problem is solved.
“OAU has always had a backlog of students who don’t follow their predetermined path to law school because of prior strikes.
Another kid, simply identified as Tolani, stated, “Our friends from other institutions are right now in law school.
In a telephone discussion with our correspondent on Tuesday, Professor Adedeji Adewole, Dean of the OAU Faculty of Law, said that the matter could not be separated from the present ASUU strike.
“I don’t understand why someone would need to be concerned. We are all aware that ASUU is on a nationwide strike. There was a local strike (inside OAU) that began in early January prior to ASUU’s walkout. Who will handle the results processing if they don’t work? The system will continue to function properly until the strike is done and normalcy has returned.
Adedeji bemoaned the fact that the lecturers hadn’t received their pay and were likely trying to endure the situation.
Since February, employees have not received their pay. Everyone is trying to figure out how to live,” he remarked.
He did add, however, “We’ve begun working on law school mobilization. The individuals whose findings are prepared will be handled in the usual manner.
“Those who have had the Senate approve their results are automatically eligible.”
Richard Abayomi, a law student at Osun State University and the president of the Law Pupils Association of Nigeria, South-West Zone, responded by noting that the students might not enroll in the law school until 2023 and that the law school calendar required fresh intakes to begin in September.
“Unfortunately, they are unable to make it by September 2022; they were meant to be in the NLS. Even if ASUU ends its strike right away, they won’t be able to attend the NLS current session until 2023. The law school has already circulated a notice stating that fresh admissions must be received by September.
The unfortunate thing is that they now automatically fall below their peers from other colleges who would be able to attend.
Because seniority in the legal profession is based on the year of graduation from the Nigerian Law School, explained Abayomi.
In order to be mobilized for the NLS this year, the students further pleaded with the administrators of their schools to see that the processing of their results was completed.
According to information obtained, the Part II NLS cohort must finish enrolling in the NLS program by August 19, 2022, at the latest.
Since ASUU has been on strike since February 2022, many students’ hopes for a resumed class have been dashed. On Monday, the union announced that the strike would now last an additional four weeks.
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s president, revealed this in a statement that was made accessible to The Punch.