Shippers’ council, NUC to introduce Maritime Law in varsities
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.