By Gbenga Gbelee
The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has commended the University of Lagos for taking the lead in the promotion of multidisciplinary skills acquisition in the process of knowledge impartation.
The NBC director general; Mr. Ishaq Modibo Kawu gave the commendation at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of Lagos while presiding over the First West Africa Regional Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition for 2016/2017 holding in the University.
The competition being an initiative of the Faculty of Law of the University of Lagos was held in collaboration with the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Mr Kawu who was represented by Dr. Armstrong Ndachaba lauded the wisdom behind the competition especially as it relates to both Law and the Media which he described as topical, needful, forward looking and a remarkable contribution to Media law and the legal profession from the stables of the University of Lagos.
The NBC DG who buttressed the relative inseparability of law in media practice and vice versa affirmed the Broadcasting Commission’s keen interest in the entertainment and educative value of the legal arguments during the competition just as he called for caution and restraints where necessary in the interest of national peace and stability, judicial candour and public serenity.
Earlier in an opening remark, the Vice chancellor, University of Lagos, Professor Rahamon Bello who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics and Research, Prof Toyin Ogundipe described the Price Media law moot court competition as a platform for participants to build courage, self confidence and assertion as well as gather prowess in the art of public speaking.
The Moot Court competition according to the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Prof Ayo Atsenuwa is a platform for the selected participants to simulate court sessions, argue and debate issues before a panel of judges around moot issues in law.
In her remarks, Prof Atsenuwa said the whole competition will centre on limits and boundaries to true and hate speeches and the emphasis is not on who wins but on the quality of advocacy.
In a presentation, Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Kazeem Adebisi who was the keynote speaker warned that Freedom of expression as stated in Section 45 of the Nigerian constitution is not absolute.
Represented by Mr Jide Martins, the keynote address centred on Hate speeches and balancing the rights of people to freedom of expression, he stressed the need for hate speeches to be regulated so as to avoid incitements which could lead to violence, genocide, war, hatred and harassment.
He identified intolerance for the views of other people as the basis of hate speeches and charged people to be more accommodating so as to enhance communal peace and sustain Nigeria’s democratic existence.
Also in a goodwill message, the representative of the University of Oxford; Ms Morgan said the West African Regional Round of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition since its inception, has gone a long way in forging International partnerships which have contributed in no small measure to educational development, she said the latest of such partnerships is with Google.
Hosted on the UNILAG campus, participants for the 3 day 1st West Africa Regional Round of the Price Media law Moot Court Competition 2016/2017 are from the University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, ile ife, University of Benin, National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos State University, Benue State University, University of Ibadan and the University of Ghana.