On March 22, Provost & VP Academic Affairs, Muhammadou Kah, led the Vice President for University Relations, Dr. Abba Tahir, and Interim Dean of the AUN School of Law, Dr. Ahmadu Lawal, on a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Law School (NLS), Yola.
The delegation was received by the Acting Deputy Director General and Provost, Aliyu Hamidu Alkali, who said he was among those who recruited for AUN at inception.
Dr. Lawal remarked that Mr. Alkali with law faculty members of NLS has attended the AUN School of Law seminar before. He added that the visit was to see how to strengthen the current relations between AUN and NLS.
“We may have visited each other informally; we have never had the privilege of coming formally to speak one on one.”
Prof. Kah said, “It is fortunate that we have a new dean who is very familiar with the learning community here. So, we decided to pay a courtesy call to begin engagement.
“We thought that it is an opportunity for the university and for our School of Law to connect to this campus and to what you do and for you to offer your insights and guidance in terms of how we can prepare our law students better for NLS.”
Dr. Tahir spoke of how NLS offered to help to facilitate the process of establishing the AUN School of Law.
“This place was highly beneficial to the establishment of the School of Law at AUN because, by the American tradition, law and medicine are not undergraduate programs. You do not proceed to study law or medicine from high school. You have to have a first degree in a foundational field.”
The Yola Campus of the Nigerian Law School shares a border with AUN. VP Tahir said at the time it was opened, the founding provost paid a courtesy visit to AUN where he found massive digital resources the university has on the law discipline.
“He went to our library and then he glanced through the stockpile of resources that we had. After his visit, he came back to us and told the president that AUN had no reason not to offer law at the undergraduate level, whether you call yourself American style or whatever.”
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa