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Solanke urges young lawyers to imbibe reading culture



The first female senior advocate of Nigeria, Chief Folake Solanke has urged young lawyers to cultivate the habit of reading veraciously if they must make a success of their careers.

Speaking at the Aelex 12th annual lecture, Solanke said many lawyers do not read, but they copy and paste from the Internet.

According to her, reading is a must addiction for lawyers. Lawyers, she said must be good at English language, which is the language of the court by reading widely.

Her words: “Reading nurtures the soul, it expands the readers horizon, sharpens the brain, enhances knowledge, increase your vocabulary, refines language, facilitate social and communication skills.”


The event with the theme ‘schooling without learning’ had other speakers such as the former vice chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, Dr Adamu Jatauu Noma, former principal, International school, University of Lagos, Mrs. Adora Ojo and the principal of Kataf Youth Christian Academy Kaduna, Ms. Swanta Blessing Bonat.

According to the keynote speaker, Prof. Ibidapo-Obe, citizenry is the bedrock of governance. Therefore, in order to have good governance, schools are primarily a responsibility of governments.

Ibidapo-Obe therefore urged the government to lead massive, intensive and sustained nationwide awareness campaign to remove negative socio-cultural perception of education especially among parents and to project the value of education of self and societal development.

He also wants government to reform teacher preparation programmes to ensure availability of qualified teachers in the right quantity at all levels of the educational system, provide adequate and appropriate instructional materials in learner-friendly environment to make learning not only meaningful but interesting as well as to implement a one-year crash teacher training programme for non-education graduates, to enable them earn license as trained teachers for basic and senior secondary schools.

Also, Dr. Noma said the challenges of educational system in Nigeria are the government policy, funding, manpower issue, environment and amongst others.

He also called for adequate funding of education. If that is done, there will be a serious improvement in the educational activity, he noted.

He said: “Learning environment has to do with structures. If you go to our schools where children learn, you will cry. We have to make sure that our learning environment has to be tidy and attractive. If its not, learning will not take place. Schools are supposed to be properly secured against any danger.”

In her contribution, Mrs Ojo, enjoined parents to feed their children properly. According to her, if a child doesn’t eat properly, he cannot be relaxed.

Her words: “A child needs to eat and sleep well. He needs to have the basics of life so when he comes to school, he will be happy and be in the right mood to learn.”

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