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Enugu State Governor, Peter Mbah has revealed that his administration has activated plans to review the state’s academic curriculum.
Mbah said the academic curriculum reform was intended to give students modern skills regardless of their areas of concentration, noting that education was essential to attaining and maintaining the legacy projects the administration had launched.
Mbah who, spoke when the senior management staff of the Enugu campus of the Nigerian Law School, led by the Deputy Director General (DDG), Maureen Stanley-Idum, visit at the Government House, to solicit the state’s support to upgrade the institution, his administration was keen on providing the right infrastructure and conducive learning environment for students in the state and would earmark high allocation to the education sector in next year’s budget.
He assured support for the Nigerian Law School in the areas of new infrastructure and rehabilitation of the existing dilapidated structures in the Enugu campus of the school at Agbani.
Insisting on the education sector being one of the major beneficiaries of next year’s allocations in the budget, the governor said the administration had picked special interest in primary school, through the tertiary education system, pointing at the cut off programme that was designed to encourage early child learning.
‘We have a programme we refer to as Cut-Off Point which identifies the young ones at age three and instills in them the right civic habits and moral values. We are changing the way they learn. We are also interested in our students in the university,’ he said.
Addressing the request of the law school, Mbah said before vying for the governorship office, he had interacted with the former deputy director general (DDG)of the campus where he promised to build a state-of-the-art moot court for them, as part of Pinnacle Oil and Gas Ltd.’s corporate social responsibility, saying the plan had not been abandoned as he would reach out to the management of the company to remind them of the pledge.
He promised to direct his special adviser on Project Development and Implementation to inspect the conditions of the institution and activate the process of rehabilitation, adding that the state government would not abandon the school, especially now that it was in dire need of intervention.
‘I noticed you outlined a good number of pressing needs. You talked about vehicles, the auditorium, and renovation of a dilapidated academic building for lecturers, ICT, and library, among others. So, we are going to partner the Nigerian Law School to see how we can support you on those items you listed. Be assured of our support and commitment,’ the governor said.
The DDG had earlier expressed support and solidarity for the governor, stressing that their visit was to identify with him as both a lawyer and a governor who understood the task of leading the state to greater heights.
‘It is our earnest prayer that the Lord will increase your capacity as an instrument of peace and social transformation in a way that your administration will be characterised by remarkably improved good governance with attendant positive fruits seen in interpersonal harmony among the people, infrastructure development, social cohesion and security.’
Stanley-Idum underscoring the challenges of the campus and the need to expand its capacity from its current 750 to 1,500 capacity, disclosed the institution was battling with the problems of inadequate facilities and infrastructure development, urging the government for immediate intervention.
‘The campus faces challenges and lags behind other campuses in terms of inadequate facilities and infrastructure development. Given the vast expanse of land available, coupled with the huge backlog of law graduates who cannot be admitted, it is imperative to develop as quickly as possible, the Augustine Nnamani campus to reap the maximum advantage and benefits from the decentralisation of the Nigerian Law School and the citing of the campus in this part of the country.
‘The citing of the campus in Enugu was meant to ameliorate the suffering of our students, especially those from this part of the country who had to travel all the way to Lagos or Abuja for their one-year vocational training in law,’ she said.
The government also dismissed reports that it has put up the Hotel Presidential for sale, stressing that the hotel will never be sold.