First Female SAN Calls for Continuous Learning at 2017 Aelex Lecture
“The focus of the AELEX 12th Annual Lecture, ‘Schooling without Learning’, had to do with our life time activities than just its definition.
‘Schooling without Learning’, is an intriguing theme and it attracted a spirited deliberations amongst stakeholders at the event.
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The organizers reasons for not focusing on Legal Education is based on the realization that if the foundations of primary or secondary school education is weak, legal education at the higher school levels would not only be weak but would have a faulty learning foundation which would affect them throughout their career as a person.
And for building the next generation of lawyers, the educational system must be strengthened in other to build a new breed of brilliant lawyers.”
The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Mrs. Solanke Folanke, SAN on Wednesday, condemned the unethical conduct of some lawyers in the court and outside the court.
In her remarks at 2017 AELEX law firms Annual Lectures, which was held at the MUSON Centre, Lagos, the first female silk said, “Because of the high incidence of misconduct and the use of unprofessional language among lawyers, I advised that there is need for a compulsory 2 year apprenticeship / pupilage program to groom new wigs.
According to her, continuous legal education is a sine qua non for professional excellence,” because in legal education we address ourselves as learned which means “knowing the law”.
She emphasized that the years spent in university and at the Law school where all theory and no new wig should jump into practice without first cutting their teeth.
“Solanke SAN, advised that lawyers should endeavor to continue to read while sharpening their advocacy skills.” “Reading nurtures the soul and expands the reader’s horizon.”
She regretted what she termed a calamity of wasted years in formal education by many without learning and linked such waste to the quality of lawyers that we have today.
“Every good lawyer will admit that the reading culture must be cultivated for life by lawyer both young and old; she said it should be a lifelong addiction”
Mrs. Solanke applauded AELEX Law Firms for choosing such an appropriate title “SCHOOLING without LEARNING” especially at this time of fallen educational standards. She praised their CSR spirit and also thanked them for their continual efforts in holding the lecture annually.
The speaker of the day, a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos and currently the Pro Chancellor of The Technical University Ibadan, Professor O. Ibidapo-Obe, Ph.D., in his paper noted that schooling is not sufficient for learning.
He added that, “The declining quality of education had affected leadership and expertise in different spheres of our national life.”
“It has made many Nigerian families take their children to go and school abroad and they are mostly at the top of their classes.”
“He advises the government to do more for the educational sector as our public school system is endangered.”
The former Vice Chancellor calls for the scrapping of the quota systems in Nigeria so as to reform the country’s education.
A discussant, Dr. Adamu Jatau Noma, MNI, Executive Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board, who is a lifelong educationist, said, scrapping the quota systems would not be of merit to the country’s education and democracy. It will only mar our development as a nation.
He noted that the only thing Nigerians always remember when it concerns our unity is the quota system, which is the only way the government can get development to the grassroots.
Dr. Noma said, the only man killing the country in all sectors is ‘Mr. Corruption’. The earlier we get rid of it the better for our nation.
Other discussants at the lectures were Mrs. Adora Emily Ojo, a consummate educationist, counsellor and reformer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, and Ms. Swanta Bonat, who is currently the Head Teacher/Principal of KYCA Academy, Sagwaza Gora, in one of the rural communities of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
This year’s lectures attracted people from all works of life including senior lawyers; Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN, Deacon Dele Adesina SAN, Mrs. Funke Adekoya SAN, Soji Awogbade SAN, Theophilus Emuwa, Mr. Adesokan SAN, Architect Lanre Towrey Coker, Dr. Adeoye Adefulu, Obafemi Olopade, senior and many young lawyers.
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