Don commends NBA for establishing Legal Education Committee
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic, Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships (ARISP), Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi (SAN), has commended the President of the NBA, Mr. Olumide Akpata, for establishing the Legal Education Committee and for entrusting the young generation with salient leadership roles.
The energy law expert also called for a mindset reorientation in the current generation of Nigerian students, if they are to avoid the same leadership mistakes that have polarised the country.
He made these remarks at the 2021 National Town Hall Meeting organised by the Law Students’ Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) themed “Our Roots, Our Pride: The Reflection of the Future Bar.”
He said this year’s event takes stock of LAWSAN’s historical contributions to national debate and its ongoing role in enhancing justice delivery in Nigeria.
Olawuyi, who is also co-chairman of the Legal Education Committee of the NBA, said the committee is working tirelessly to mentor and support law students across the country to acquire innovative legal education that would prepare them for success in practice and in public leadership.
However, the event featured insightful presentations from erudite lawyers such as Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), Mr. Atoyebi Oyetola Muyiwa (SAN), as well as the Chairman of the LAWSAN Caretaker Committee, Mr. Abba Kyari, and other student leaders.
They include, Tobi Michael Babalola, Salis M. Sabo, Samuel Osijo, Atiku Jafar, Sen. Emmanuel Nwobodo and a host of others.
Prof. Olawuyi said: “The whole country waits on your youthful innovation to dismantle the societal and leadership challenges that have for many years hindered the country from fulfilling its God given potential. But how can you do so if you are already imbibing and mastering the errors of the generations before you?
“We see some student leaders practicing pungent ethnic politics, day light corruption, over bloated list of special advisers, budget manipulation and the worst form of disregard for democratic ideals. By so doing, Nigerian youths are validating the erroneous argument that they are indeed not ready for leadership.”
Olawuyi called on all stakeholders in LAWSAN to be the change they like to see in the country.
He noted that a society progresses only when the next generation learn from the mistakes of those before them, while imbibing solely their positive values.
The senior lawyer noted that he was twice the President of the Law Student Association during his undergraduate studies and that the innovative achievements of his administration remain a reference point till date.