FG urged to review fees at Nigerian Law School

BENIN —A Benin, Edo State-based legal
practitioner, Mr Olayiwola Afolabi, has called for
a downward review of the school fees charged
at the Nigerian Law School across the country,
saying that the increase in the school fees had
deprived some young graduates the opportunity
of enrolling at the Law School for their
mandatory one year course.
Afolabi made the appeal shortly after the
annual Judiciary Staff award ceremony at the
State High Court complex, Benin City and
hosted by the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice
E. Ikponmwen,
Afolabi who commended the hardworking staff
of the judiciary in the state, said that it was
expensive for would be lawyers in Nigeria
these days to enrol for the mandatory one year
course, just as he recalled that in his days, he
paid N70,000 for the course.
He said: “When I was in the Nigerian Law
School, before I graduated, I paid only N70,000,
but now, if you are not rich, you will need to be
supported. I am calling on the Federal
Government to ensure that it reduces the
school fees because it is now too expensive
for would-be lawyers.
“To be a lawyer these days in Nigeria, you
must be rich, that is why some law graduates
cannot go for the one year programme and
some of them have to step down because they
do not have the money to pay. This is an
appeal to the Federal Government to step in by
reducing the school fees charged by the Law
School nationwide.”