By Takim Etta
Cross River State Law school applicants have made a passionate appeal to the Government of Cross River State, under the leadership of His Excellency Governor Prince Bassey Otu, for an educational grant to enable them to pay for their tuition fees for the 2023/2024 academic session. The appeal is contained in a letter dated the 20th of November 2023, addressed to the office of the Governor through the office of the Secretary to the State Government.
In the letter, filed three months ago, the applicants drew the attention of the governor to the recent increment of tuition by the Council of Legal Education, which increased the fees from N296,000 to N476,000. The students expressed the inability of many Cross Riverians to pay the fee in question. The appeal was made to the governor to approve funds in the form of grants or scholarships directly paid into the account of the Nigerian Law School on behalf of the students.
The applicants further drew the attention of the state governor to their readiness to facilitate a transparent procedure and process of payments associated with the grant. They suggested that applicants would present relevant documents, including evidence of admission into the Nigerian Law School, a statement of result, and evidence of local government of origin.
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The letter, signed by Ayani Success Smart, Akator Alfred Anyam, and Idiku Elizabeth, reflected on the plight that Cross Riverians are currently facing in raising the tuition fee. Payment of the tuition fees is a major requirement and would enable students to concentrate on achieving their dreams as qualified lawyers.
However, VOTP NEWS has gathered that, up until this date, the letter has not received any reply despite all efforts to contact the governor. According to a reliable source, the governor has not received the letter, and the time for resumption is barely a week away, leaving many Cross Riverians unable to pay their fees.
We are making a passionate appeal on behalf of Cross River State Law School Applicants to the government of Cross River State to listen to the plight of these aspiring lawyers. Their dreams of becoming future lawyers cannot be complete unless they go through law school and take the bar examination.
Meanwhile, states with smaller resources have been able to support their future lawyers with funds to pursue their careers as lawyers. Governors Makinde of Oyo State, Governor Eno of Akwa Ibom State, and the governor of Kano State, Kaduna, to mention a few, have supported their law students in the payment of their tuition fees. Cross River State should not be an exception.
We want to thank the Governor of Cross River State in advance as we await his swift assent and response to this humble appeal. God bless Cross River State, God bless Nigeria.