Over the years, Faculty of Law, University of Uyo is known to be a regular winner of both national and international competition prizes as history can testify. This year is not exempted.
To add to the existing victorious records, Faculty of Law, University of Uyo on Friday 13th October 2017 again won the International Humanitarian Law Competition in the case of Prosecutor v Prof Gem at the Pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal moot-court competition organised by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

In this competition hosted by Rivers State University with ten Nigerian Universities, Faculty of Law, University of Uyo tremendously emerged the Winner after competing with University of Benin, Nigeria at the final rank. The team will be representing Nigeria in Tanzania in less than no time. It was indeed a memorable moment.

Following the awe-inspiring victory, words are rather otiose to describe the joy of the contestants in persons of Edidiong Umokaso, Queen Ukpo and UcheAganin as they return the credit of the victory to Jehovah God as the epitome of wisdom and understanding.

Special thanks also go the International Law lecturer, a mother and an indefatigable coach, Dr Mrs Idorenyin Eyo who worked tirelessly and ensuring that the participants came out in flying colours as desired coupled with the heartfelt support from the Vice Chancellor, Prof Enefiok Essien (SAN).

It could be recalled that Faculty of Law, University of Uyo hosted this same IHL competition with minimum of ten Nigerian Universities which Faculty of Law, University of Uyo emerged the winner nationally having Ubong Ebong, Sechie Philip and Kelechi Ibe as contestants.

It is also interesting to note that the team ascended to Tanzania, representing not UNIUYO but Nigeria and took 2nd position in Africa, a height which none of the West African Universities has not gotten to for almost two decades. The team also produced an independent “best Oralist” awardee.

It is also on record that a team from Faculty of Law, University of Uyo with Imoh Umoren as the lead counsel alongside with Gideon Bassey and others emerged the first in 2015/2016 National Moot-Court competition hosted by University of Ibadan. They made us proud.

History also has it that last year, Faculty of Law, University of Uyo won the “Best Memorial Award” in the same International Humanitarian Law Competition organised by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Before the just concluded IHL victory, it should be noted that Faculty of Law, University of Uyo, having Nango Douglas, Anaele Hope, Aniefiok Ekanem & others participated in a national competition hosted by Abia State University with 10 universities and won the overall 2nd position, putting smiles on our faces.

The frequent successes of Faculty of Law, University of Uyo has made some to echo the sentiments of an olden day prophet of God when he said: “O Bethlehem Ephrathah, The one too little to be among the thousands of Judah, From you will come out for me the one to be ruler in Israel, Whose origin is from ancient times, from the days of long ago” –Micah 5:2

Despite the seeming insignificant status given to University by age and ranking by the National Universities Commission (NUC), university of Uyo has never relented efforts in attaining great heights day after day. This is indeed commendable.

The fact that graduates from graduates from Faculty of Law, University of Uyo is exceling greatly in the legal profession nationally cannot be overemphasised. With these inspirations, we are poised to say that more of such successes are coming.

With these victories, let it be officially known to the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, that the participants of the just concluded competition are Akwa Ibom Citizens who are about leaving for Nigerian Law School alongside with their counterparts that should be appreciated and encouraged to do more.

Education of Akwa Ibom State citizen should be prioritised by the state government. The brighter of Akwa Ibom state lies in the hands of these ones.

Once again, congratulations to Faculty of Law, University of Uyo. Indeed UNIUYO is a brand.

Long live Faculty of Law
Long live University Of Uyo
Long live Akwa Ibom State

Edikan Ekanem is a University of Uyo alumnus, a contemporary writer and columnist.

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