September 24, 2021

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Executive-elect of Students’ Union Bar Ass. opens up on what to expect as its takes over the mantle

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By Muhammed Bello

Over the week, UCJ-UNILORIN’s Muhammad Bello had a series of chats with the members of the newly elected executive of the Students’ Union Bar Association, University of Ilorin. In the interviews conducted separately on each member of the new executive, the reasons behind their individual interest in the positions they vied for were revealed. They equally shared with our reporter their plans for the Association as they assumed the mantle of leadership of the association. Here are the excerpts, enjoy…

President Elect, Students’ Union Bar Association— Quayyim Adedimeji

UCJ-UNILORIN: Hello sir. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Adedimeji Quayyim: I am Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez, the current Director of the Students’ Union Bar Association and the President-Elect of the same organization. I am a seasoned legal practitioner and advocate, with many publications and awards to my credit. I am deeply passionate about the Bar and legal jurisprudence on campus, and I am committed towards uplifting the bars of advocacy and activism on campus.

UCJ-UNILORIN : What inspired you to run for the office of the President, Students’ Union Bar Association?

Adedimeji Quayyim: I am inspired to run as President due to my passion in making the Bar better, and this has motivated me to contest for the Bar’s top post. I do believe that my experience as a serving executive of the Bar and the lovely team of the Executive Council-Elect would be a motivation to serve better and raise the bar to greater heights.

UCJ-UNILORIN: So, how do you feel about taking this position and what would you have done if you hadn’t been declared winner?

Adedimeji Quayyim: I do feel inspired and motivated to serve. We are actively pursuing interests to further strengthen our bond in the University community, and ensure that the Bar attains its deserved relevance on campus. So, on taking this role, I feel fulfilled and motivated to serve.

Well, if I do not win, the Bar is of utmost priority and it trumps other interests. I would have gladly worked with the President-Elect by rendering my service and suggesting opinions to the Council-Elect, all in the course of raising the bar of the Bar. This could not happen, as I ran for the office unopposed. Perhaps, this is a clear indication of the belief of advocates that I am the best personality to serve the Bar’s interests. Who knows.

UCJ-UNILORIN: You’re the President elect for UCJ, the Students’ Union Bar Association and maybe currently holding other top positions in other organisations. How do you intend to deliver without one getting in the way of another?

Adedimeji Quayyim: Yes, this is an often repeated assertion, and I do assure you, they are valid. Presiding over two prestigious organizations on campus, reputed for the track record in institutions across Nigeria, is no easy feat, and it is not a piece of cake. However, I do see student administration as a space to test versatility and multi-tasking, and combining roles and positions has worked for me as an individual in the post roles I have served.

I do believe that these combinations of services in different positions do not render the substance ineffective, rather it shows the sort of dynamism I am bringing on board, by His Grace. I pledge to ensure that the interests of all organizations I serve is paramount, and none is trumped for the order. This is my solemn promise.

UCJ-UNILORIN: Last words from you, Sir.

Adedimeji Quayyim: I do urge all advocates to further re-dedicate their services in the course of uplifting the Bar, because to be very honest, the Executive Council cannot do it alone. Remember that the Students’ Union Bar Association, University of Ilorin is the most prestigious student legal advocacy body in Nigeria at the moment, and we must do all to preserve our distinguished status.

To the general public, we do assure that the Bar is ready to serve all, and promote every student’s legal interest on campus. We are fully committed to ensure effective legal representation of students in established student courts, and we promise that we are uplifting the quality of legal education, jurisprudence, advocacy and activism on campus. The real deal is here, fine people.

Thank you.

UCJ-UNILORIN: Thank you for your time.

Vice President Elect, Students’ Union Bar Association— Abdulkareem Olajumoke Hajarah

UCJ-UNILORIN: Kindly tell us a bit about yourself

Abdulkareem Hajarah: I am Abdulkareem Olajumoke Hajarah. A 400L common law student of University of Ilorin (I mean, I’m done with my 300L exams). Finally, I am a student legal Practitioner of this great institution and I am the Vice President-elect of the Student Union Bar.

UCJ-UNILORIN: What motivated you to run for the office of the Vice President, Students’ Union Bar Association?

Abdulkareem Hajarah: I realized that many law students have been called to the Students’ Union Bar but very few end up as active Advocates, especially the females. This was in fact the same problem I had initially. I became motivated to run for this position because I know I will be able to convince my fellow legal Practitioners to take this practice seriously, for there are so many things to learn there which will be beneficial to us in the real world as Legal Practitioners.

Also, Our Students’ Union Bar is the most active Bar amongst all other Universities in this country. Thus, we will love to uphold and by doing so, we as students’ legal Practitioners have to be up and doing by upholding justice and the good conduct of the Bar at all times.

UCJ-UNILORIN: How do you intend to create a working relationship with the President in discharging your duties without affecting your primary assignment in school?

Abdulkareem Hajarah: Ordinarily, the work of the Bar is not so cumbersome to the extent of it clashing with my academics. For instance, the Bar meeting and the executive meeting come up once in every month.

Moreover, the President-elect in person of ADEDIMEJI Qayyim is assiduous and I am not lazy either. I know I will be duly informed anytime he will not be able to carry out any of his functions, obviously for a genuine reason and with that I will have to perform it on his behalf. After all, that’s one of my duties as the Vice President.
Furthermore, I plan to drink from the knowledge of the previous administration to know how they carried out their duties efficiently without it affecting their primary purpose.

UCJ-UNILORIN: What skills and strengths are you bringing to the office?

Abdulkareem Hajarah: As I earlier said, I want more Students’ legal Practitioners to become very active and the only way to go about it is to create awareness for these students, especially the new wigs. Classes on procedural aspects of law will be taken to familiarize them with how the courts work. They have to understand that by refusing to practice, they’re sleeping on their rights of audience in court and also allowing injustice to prevail because there are numerous cases within and outside the faculty that they can take up. All other benefits of being Legal Practitioners will be communicated to them in order to motivate them.

UCJ-UNILORIN: How do you feel you were announced the winner?

Abdulkareem Hajarah: Although, I was happy when I was announced the winner but I was more afraid because as a leader, a lot of people are looking up to me and I won’t want to fail them in any way. This however helped me vouch to do my very best.
Thank you.

UCJ-UNILORIN: Thank you for your time.

Registrar Elect, Students’ Union Bar Association— Okwara Lawrence

UCJ-UNILORIN: Kindly tell us a bit about yourself.

Okwara Lawrence: Well, I’m Okwara Lawrence. I come from Imo state and reside in Imostate. I love doing practically anything morally acceptable that appeals me. I won’t say I’m more into books on psychology than I am into books on law and I won’t say I’m more into tireless study than I am into just having fun.

However, I love being a liberal thinker and speaking out about what I believe in.

Other than the above, I’m your normal friendly neighborhood guy

UCJ-UNILORIN: What was the motivation behind you running for the post of the registrar of the Students’ Union Bar Association.

Okwara Lawrence: I want to encourage professionalism and active advocacy in the bar

UCJ-UNILORIN: How do you intend to discharge your duties as the newly elected registrar of the Students’ Union Bar Association.

Okwara Lawrence: The same way I’ve discharged every duty bestowed upon me: with proper guidance, diligence and commitment

UCJ-UNILORIN: What skills and strengths are you bringing to this position?

Okwara Lawrence: I believe my skills will be better off being shown off while on seat than merely being spoken of

“Actions speak louder than words”

UCJ-UNILORIN: Any last words from you, sir.

Okwara Lawrence: My advice for student legal practitioners is ‘activism’

The title of student legal practitioner is not one to be taken with levity. As student legal practitioners it is our job to ensure that our SU constitution and all laws applicable on campus are religiously being complied with.

Looking back at the precedents set by our Senior Advocates and senior members of the bar, no flagrant breach of our law gets by them. Public officers in our jurisdiction tend to abide by the law ever so carefully when these members of the SU bar are around. And that is the effect of the presence of an advocate of the SU bar. They always ensure that the law and it’s due process of attainment is followed.

Personally I believe, it is pertinent for every student legal practitioner to learn basic court practice whilst a member of the SU bar. This can only be attained through continuous involvement in legal practice. It would be quite appalling for Unilawrites who are members of the SU bar to graduate without knowing their left from right in court.

It’s fun, it’s educating, it’s entertaining. But mere words won’t be able to instill the adrenaline of a vibrant advocate in people. Let’s all come out and practice and see for ourselves

UCJ-UNILORIN: Thank you for your time.

Director of Information-elect, Students’ Union Bar Association— Jaiyeoba Omolade Prisca

UCJ-UNILORIN: Kindly tell us a bit about yourself

Jaiyeoba Prisca: First off, I appreciate the efforts of the former executive members of the Students’ Union Bar and their significant contributions to the progress and growth of the Bar.

My name is Jaiyeoba Omolade Prisca, a 200 level student of faculty of law, common law department.

UCJ-UNILORIN: What motivated you to run for the office of the Director of Information, Students’ Union Bar Association?

Jaiyeoba Prisca: As I have just been recently called to the Bar, I picked interest in the publicity aspect of making the Bar exposed to more students. Be that as it may, I also have this forte for quick and accurate dissemination of information when needed. This actually led to me wanting to achieve some goals in the Bar and being the director of information was a very great avenue to do this.

UCJ-UNILORIN: How do you intend to discharge your duties without affecting your primary assignment in school?

Jaiyeoba Prisca: All glory to God, this is not the first administrative position I’ve taken up and with the help of God I have never sacrificed my academics for the other. I hope to create this balance between the two duties so that one would not suffer because of the other.

UCJ-UNILORIN: What skills and strengths are you bringing to the office?

Jaiyeoba Prisca: I really commend Adedimeji Abdulquayyum the past director of information of this prestigious Bar for a job well done in his administration. Well, in my administration as the director of information I will create a LinkedIn account for the SUBar. LinkedIn as we all know is the app in vogue now for people to show their achievements and prowess in their various fields. I hope to expose the very talented and vocal advocates of the Bar to better experience in the legal field through the app, this amidst many others is my plan for this new administration.

UCJ-UNILORIN: Last words from you, ma.

Jaiyeoba Prisca: We are where we are through the help of the Almighty, and I pray he will continue to direct our affairs in this new administration. Thank you very much.

UCJ-UNILORIN: Thank you for your time.

Director of Finance elect, Students’ Union Bar Association— Precious Sophia

UCJ-UNILORIN: Kindly tell us a bit about yourself

Precious Sophia: My name is Precious Sophia O.
I’m a soon-to-be 200 level student and a junior member of the Student Union Bar.

UCJ-UNILORIN: What motivated you to run for the office of the Director of Finance, Students’ Union Bar Association?

Precious Sophia: As the aspiring executive member of the Bar as I then was, I had aimed for an office that would assist in moving the Student Union Bar to an advanced level, it is a common fact that money makes the world go round. For me, it is all about creating an impact.

UCJ-UNILORIN: How do you intend to create a working relationship with the rest of the executives in discharging your duties without affecting your primary assignment in school?

Precious Sophia: A working relationship with the rest of the executives is something I already have. They are no strangers to me.

UCJ-UNILORIN: What skills and strengths are you bringing to the office?

Precious Sophia: Aside from the efficient performance of the regular responsibility of the office of the Director of Finance, I hope to expand and maximise the official powers granted to me by including creativity, innovative ideas and efficiency to this administration.

UCJ-UNILORIN: What would you have done if you weren’t announced winner?

Precious Sophia: If I weren’t announced winner, there are greater heights in need of me, waiting just for me

UCJ-UNILORIN: Thank you for your time.

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