Tuesday 3 May 2022

7 YEARS BACKLOG OF LAW SCHOOL BURSARIES: Plateau State Law School Students Association (PLALAWSA), CRIES OUT

By: Our Correspondent,

Plateau State Law School Students Association (PLALAWSA) has appealed to Governor Simon Lalong, to pay their huge Seven (7) years backlog of Bursaries

The Spokesman of the Law School Students, Mr. J. R. Tahdok, made the plea in a statement signed and issued on Monday in Jos.

Tahdok explained that since 2015, when Lalong entered office as Governor of Plateau, he has not paid any Law Student’s bursary, a situation which has negatively affected their studies and morale.

“It’s disheartening and shameful that our Governor, who is a Lawyer, has not demonstrated any love or kindness to his young colleagues in the Law profession.

“What Lalong may not know is that, it was former Gov. Jonah Jang, who remodeled and increased the Law School Bursary.  Sen. Jang is not a Lawyer yet, he did that to encourage Law Students in their quest for knowledge.

“All we want is for our Governor to Ponder on this as a Lawyer and do the needful by paying the Law School Bursary.

“Let’s not forget that, the anxious beneficiaries are young Lawyers, who are finding life so difficult.

His Excellency knows too well the plights of young lawyers in Nigeria, because His Excellency was once a young lawyer, who knows better”. He said.

He said that, PLALAWSA is an Association of all Plateau state indigenes, who studied Law from all the recognized Universities all around the world, and subsequently attended Nigerian Law School.

According to him, “it baffles me how Gov. Simon Lalong thinks because, as a lawyer, and a beneficiary of the Plateau State Bursary Scheme for Law School Students in the ’90s, yet he willingly refused to pay those behind him.”

The young Lawyer explained how Lalong’s late  younger brother, Mr. Tsenba Bako told him how he (Gov. Lalong) struggled and the role he (Tsenba Bako) played in order to raise money so that Lalong could go to Law School in Lagos.

“Late Tsenba had to sell his rice farm, just to raise money so that Gov. Lalong could go to the Law School.

“Surprisingly, after benefiting from the bursary scheme, Gov. Lalong has refused to pay His juniors, some of whom are still struggling to finish and even after Law school practice successfully”. He lamented.

Tahdok expressed the hope that, the Governor would take to heart their plea and consider the payment of the backlog bursaries to all the law students as expected.

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