Ship­pers’ coun­cil, NUC to in­tro­duce Mar­itime Law in var­si­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Nige­rian Ship­pers’ Coun­cil and Na­tional Univer­si­ties Com­mis­sion (NUC) have reached an agree­ment on the in­tro­duc­tion of Mar­itime Law as a course of study in Nige­rian univer­si­ties.

The agree­ment was reached in Abuja when the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Nige­rian Ship­pers’ Coun­cil, Has­san Bello, paid a cour­tesy visit to the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of NUC, Prof. Julius Oko­jie, in his of­fice.

Bello noted that the dearth of le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers and judges who are knowl­edge­able in Mar­itime Law con­tin­ued to hin­der the ad­ju­di­ca­tion of mar­itime cases in the coun­try.

He said the Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria (CJN) had di­rected the coun­cil to col­lab­o­rate with NUC in in­tro­duc­ing the ba­sics of Mar­itime Law in cur­ric­u­lar of fac­ul­ties of Law in Nige­rian univer­si­ties.

“This, ac­cord­ing to their lord­ships, is be­cause un­til re­cently, Mar­itime Law was not taught in our univer­si­ties both at un­der grad­u­ate and post grad­u­ate lev­els. As a result of this, our judges who are called to dis­pense jus­tice on com­plex mar­itime is­sues, found it ex­tremely task­ing to dis­pose of such mat­ters ex­pe­di­tiously,” he said.

Some Jus­tices of the Supreme Court and those of the Court of Ap­peal ac­cord­ing to him had in the past ad­mit­ted that they had no prior con­tact with ad­mi­ralty law un­til af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the mar­itime sem­i­nar for judges.

“In sev­eral in­stances, their lord­ships find so­lace in the pa­pers that were pre­sented at the past sem­i­nars in de­ter­min­ing com­plex mar­itime cases,’’ he said.

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