Friday, 22 January 2016

CLASFON OAU Holds Public Lecture In Honour Of Professor Fubara

The Christian Law Students' Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON), Obafemi Awolowo University hosted a public lecture in honour of an icon of legal scholarship and matriarch of Ife law, Professor Margaret Okorodudu Fubara on Thursday.

The event which held at Oduduwa Hall of the institution centered on "how can we improve the legal profession and challenges facing the profession". The program officially commenced some minutes into noon with most of the invited guests present and seated. The honouree arrived shortly before the opening prayer flanked by the Dean, Faculty of Law.

The Bible reading was taken by Agbaje Feyisayo, (a part one student of the faculty) from the book of Isaiah 56 v 1-7 while the welcome address was delivered by the CLASFON OAU President, Pastor Ayomiposi.

Delivering his note, the Dean of the Faculty of Law represented by the Vice Dean shared his experience of how his encounter with Professor Itse Sagay propelled him to the field of law. Also in the address, the Dean called for donation for the faculty. Elder Felix Ewemere in his own address as the Chairman of the event enjoined budding lawyers to be for Christ and to emulate the honoured. He further emphasized further that, the popular saying that 'lawyers are liars' is not absolutely true and that the honoree is a remnant of the existing truthful Christian lawyers.

The citation of the honouree was not however left out as emphasis was made on the fact that Professor Margret Okorodudu Fubara is the first female Dean of Faculty of Law, OAU. She is also the first Professor of Environmental Law in Africa. She is also the first author of Environmental Law textbook in Nigeria.

Just exactly at the very heart of the program, the Guest Speaker of the event and the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Ademola Oladapo Popoola gave the long and challenging lecture with the topic; "The legal profession in Nigeria today: Issues, challenges, opportunities and strategic options".

An award of excellence was thereafter given to the honouree and presented by the Staff Adviser of CLASFON, Dr O. S Opadare. The honouree however dedicated all the accolades to Christ. She apologised on behalf of other invited guests who were absent as a result of other pressing and important assignments.

Also present at the event are the Vice Chancellor represented by the Dean, Faculty of Science, Professor Ogunfowokan; The University Librarian; Vice Dean, Faculty of Law, Dr K. O. Fayokun; Emeritus Professor David Ijalaye; Professor Emebore; CLASFON National President represented by Miss Bankole; Ex-director of Environmental Right Action, Abiola Sanni (author of Nigerian legal method) among many other distinguished guests. Representatives from CLASFON UI and BOWEN were around for the program. The program ended exactly 3:15pm.
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