The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has urged UNIBEN Alumni to offer their services in the Training and Development of the next set of Law students, Law graduates and Lawyers of the institution.
Fashola made the disclosure on Thursday in a speech celebrating Six UNIBEN Alumni recently elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
He said the University of Benin (UNIBEN) is the product of the farsighted and visionary commitment of men and women who seek to develop Nigeria’s human capital.
“That vision has fructified many fold, and it is still bearing fruit as is evident from the many products of this university who have, and are still occupying positions of leadership and responsibility in the private and public spheres of our nation”.
“That list is long and growing and I doubt that there could be a better tribute to the vision of the founders than what we gather to do today; to celebrate six products of University of Benin who ascended to leadership role in the legal profession in the year 2020 when University of Benin commemorated its 50th year of existence”.
“Of course, the rank brings fame and privileges, but it also imposes a huge responsibility of leadership, to be used to improve the cause of justice and enthrone law and order for the peace, order and good government of Nigeria and its people”.
“You and I who are the beneficiaries of this rank must therefore always remember that we are products of UNIBEN.
“We must fly her flag proudly with our rank. We must not be afraid to break new grounds in the development of the law.
“There perhaps would be no better time than now, in the 60th year of Nigeria’s independence, to practicalize the motto of our university by putting all of our knowledge to the service of our Nation,” he said.
According to him, no matter how difficult it is, the alumni association must find the courage to shatter any glass ceiling that stands in the way.
Fashola made reference to Chief Charles Uwensuyi-Edosomwan (SAN), who broke the glass ceiling in 2000, by becoming the first law graduate of this university to take the rank.
“We have all benefited from your pioneering efforts, and although we are not yet 1,000 senior advocates of Nigeria from the University of Benin, I believe that day will not be far off,” he said.