ENUGU — The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Friday inaugurated a Moot Court in the University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, UNEC, and 34 other Customary Courts across the 17 LGAs in the state.
The Moot Court in Faculty of Law UNEC was named after Hon. Justice Chime Centus Nweze of the Supreme Court.
Commending the Faculty of Law for the provision of the Moot Court and other facilities appropriate for students’ academics and training, the Governor acknowledged the relentless efforts of the Dean of Faculty of Law, Dr. Samuel Nwatu and his team to restore the faculty to her prime place as the first Faculty of Law in Nigeria.
“Naming the Moot Court after Hon. Justice Nweze, a renowned jurist of our own time; an extremely cerebral and highly respected Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, is a well-deserved honour; “The Justice Chima Centus Nweze Moot Court,” the Governor stated.
In a short exposition, the Dean of Faculty, Dr. Samuel Nwatu said, “Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze is an illustrious alumnus who represents the triadic intersection of fecund intellectualism, adroit clairvoyance, and urbane radiance.”
“As a student, Justice Nweze participated effectively in mooting competitions and was part of the team that won the Philipp Jesuit competition; the trophy adorns the Dean’s office till date.”
“As a practitioner, he exhibited the uncanny ability to rummage law reports with ease and dissect legal rules and principles with admirable sagacity,”
“As an academia, the turgidity of his pen and his acuity of mind demolished many legal problems, demystified abstruse concepts and established new theories,”
“As a judge, he has portrayed the archetypal image of a Hercules judge in Dworkinian terms. The Faculty could not have made a better choice,” Nwatu concluded.
In his response, Hon. Justice Nweze expressed gratitude to God for the honor and thanked the faculty administration and all who in one way or another contributed to the realization of the Moot Court.
A moot court is a fictional court used by most faculties of law to expose students to real courtroom situations through simulated court proceedings with students preparing and arguing cases before a pseudo or a make-believe judge; the moot court prepares students for post-school professional practice.
Meanwhile, 34 Customary Courts spread across the 17 LGAs in the state was simultaneously inaugurated on Friday; two Customary Courts per LGA.
The President, Customary Court of Appeal, Enugu State, Hon. Justice George Chibueze Nnamani described the project as welcomed unprecedented infrastructural interventions in the State Judiciary by this present administration;
Justice Nnamani also applauded Gov Ugwuanyi’s efforts at repositioning the Customary Courts so as to give them a new lease of life and relevance in line with international best practices for efficient and effective dispensation of justice in the rural areas and beyond.
Present at the event are: the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Afojulu Raymond Ozoemena; Member representing Enugu North Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Dr. Ibenaku Onoh; representative of the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Edith Nwosu; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Enugu, Prof. Malachy Okwueze; the Chairman, Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH Amb. Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu; and Honourable Judges of the State Judiciary; the Rector, Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, Prof. Austin Nweze; Rev. Fr. Dr. Emeka Ngwoke, among others.