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Unilag law awards: Ex-AGF advocates mentoring

Former attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN has urged lawyers to eschew corruption and other vices. Speaking at the…

Former attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN has urged lawyers to eschew corruption and other vices.
Speaking at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Law Alumni and Friends Gala and Award Evening, held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, Ojo stated that alumni associations have a major role to play in ensuring that their members remained good citizens.
Ojo, whose dinner speech was titled “The Role of Alumni Associations in Engendering National Rebirth,” stated that the various alumni platforms in Nigeria “could also be harnessed as a check on members who are saddled with the responsibility of managing public offices.”
The former AGF, who is also a former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) president, said, “Such members could be influenced positively by pressures from their associations not to become bad testimony and black spots on their roots.”
The former justice minister urged each graduating set to contribute to the success of the proposed N2.5billion law faculty building “which is planned to be the best faculty edifice in the world.”
Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, who chaired the occasion, said all alumni of the faculty “have a duty to give back to our university, and more particularly our faculty, the faculty that produced each and every one of us – the best of all faculties of law.” He said government cannot do it alone.
Dean of Law, Prof. Akin Ibidapo-Obe said the 10-storey state-of-the-art edifice was designed to provide a world class environment for the training of the nation’s future lawyers.
The chief host and vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Rahamon Bello, said the university was “very proud” of its law faculty alumni, noting that when the federal government attempted to change the name of the university, “it was the products of this great faculty led by our chairman of the day, Chief Wole Olanipekun and other SANs produced by the faculty that came to the rescue.”

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