The chief justice of The Gambia has acknowledged what he called the crucial and immeasurable key role of the University of The Gambia (UTG), the Faculty of Law therein and The Gambia Law School towards achieving sustainable development objectives of The Gambia through the provision of effective education, especially legal education.
Emmanuel Fagbenle, speaking in a Daily Observer interview, commended the leadership of the country for the foresight in establishing the University with various schools meant to accelerate the country’s development objectives.
He made reference to a number of students graduating from the Faculty of Law under the University and The Gambia Law School, serving in various judicial functions and other legal capacities either as state prosecutors at the Attorney General’s Chambers or in The Gambia Bar Association as examples worthy of inspiring hope in every Gambian.
Further commenting on the impact of the two legal schools’ products contributing to the development objectives of the country, the chief justice cited Gambian magistrates at the various magistrates’ courts as an example.
“The last time when we conducted interview for applicants, all of them said they are graduates of the Faculty of Law under the UTG and graduates of The Gambia Law School. Beside all of them said they did all their education in The Gambia, from primary to university and the law school, which is very impressive, appreciative and heart rendering for the development of The Gambia,” the CJ stated, noting that this represents a strong sense of hope for the country and her people’s development objectives.
He added that as time goes on with more training and experience, these products will occupy key positions in the superior courts of The Gambia.
Chief Justice Fagbenle further outlined his office’s open door policy to products from the said schools through appointing them in various judicial positions whenever the need arises, as manifested in the mass appointment of Gambian magistrates across the country.
He made reference to the series of graduation ceremonies for the Faculty of Law and the Law School as well as the various calls to the Bar right from the first batch of The Gambia law graduates, citing the recently called to the Bar of 32 students as historic and timely for The Gambia. He equally emphasised the importance of continued legal education and commitment of the judiciary towards that end.
by Sanna Jawara