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Law School: How Wike Carried On With Project Weeks After Vowing To Fight Back Over Omo-Agege's Move

Governor Nyesom Wike had raised the alarm that there are moves by powerful politicians to frustrate his Law School project in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital.

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Specifically, Wike alleged that the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege is behind the move to frustrate the project from succeeding. According to a report by The Cable, the alleged move by Omo-Agege and others Senators that Wike was referring to was a bill to establish Law Schools in about six other states in Nigeria excluding Rivers State. The states include: Borno, Kebbi, Kogi, Anambra, Ekiti and Delta State where Omo-Agege hails from. After making that revelation, Wike vowed that he would fight back to stop the move against his Law School project in Rivers State.

How Wike carried on with the project

First, Wike ensured that work continued on the project site. After vowing to fight back, Wike made it clear that the funds to finance his Law School project have been earmarked. That provision was made in the budget of Rivers State to ensure that the work progressed. In fact, this was done after all the necessary approvals for the project have been obtained. Most importantly, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney General of the federation, Abubakar Malami were said to have approved the project too.

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (3rd left), Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (2nd left) and members of the Senate committee at the Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

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Second, Senate Committee on Judiciary inspected the project. This is another plus for Wike. To show that his project has the backing of the relevant authorities before the move by Omo-Agege and others, the Senate Committee led by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele visited the site to inspect the project. This is part of the oversight function of the Legislature. During that visit, Chairman of the Committee, Bamidele hailed Wike and admitted that the quality and speed of work going on there show that the project will stand out among others.

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Will the move by Omo-Agege and others stop Wike's project?

That seems unlikely to happen. As pointed out, money is what makes a project to get completed promptly. While Rivers State under Wike took up the cost and made budgetary provisions for it, the six Law Schools Omo-Agege and others are proposing may take time to get the needed funding. Like Wike pointed out, the federal government at this critical time when there is cash crunch may find it hard to fund the six Law School projects.

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Again, the project by Wike has the relevant approvals. The inspection by the Senate Committee on Judiciary shows that even the Senate is not against the project. The Committee members visited the scene, Wike showed them around and they had good words for the project being done by Wike as work has gone far. This shows that the alleged move to frustrate the project may not stop it as odds favour Wike. His state may as well go on to commission the Law School as soon as it is completed and have it resume even before the ones Omo-Agege and others are proposing.

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