A delegation of the Federation of African Law Students (FALAS) led by the Head of Diplomacy and External Affairs, Hon. Siaffa Bahn Kemokai, II, travelled to the Federal Republic of Nigeria from the 21st to 24th November 2021.
Upon arrival in Abuja, they were received from the airport by H.E Amb. Emmanuel Nwobodo, former President of FALAS; Amb. Umoh Edet, former International Director of Projects, Programmes and Policies of FALAS; Amb. Victor Okoli, former Regional Director for West Africa; other members of the Nigerian team of FALAS and taken to Grand Ibro Hotel in Abuja where they lodged until their departure from Nigeria, on 24th November, 2021.
On the second day of arrival, November 22, 2021, against schedule, they were unable to meet with the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, due to his engagement, the team arranged a meeting with the former Director General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, Dr. Francis D. Chizea, fasn, fdc and the Legal Adviser, NASRDA, Mr. Yahaya Isah A., Esq.
During the meeting with Mr. Yahaya Isah, it was agreed that NASRDA and FALAS would collaborate to organize a Moot competition for space development in Africa. A partnership was also agreed to. A working memorandum is to be drafted as regards to these partnerships.
At the meeting with the former Director General and adviser on Space, Dr. Chizea welcomed the delegation and thanked FALAS for such a huge and bold step in the right direction. He urged FALAS to begin publicity for space development in African countries and the introduction of space law. The delegates were informed that space is gradually taking over the continent. He assured FALAS of his support by promising to sponsor a Moot Court competition on Space Law.
On the third day, November 23, 2021, the delegates had a meeting with the Dean of Faculty of Law, Baze University, Abuja, Dr. Ali Ahmed, who expressed his delight of working with FALAS in any capacity. They also paid a visit to a fracrophone Professor who made a promise that his institution is willing to sponsor any event in the area of Legal Clinic if a proposal can be developed as to that effect.
Later that evening, they met with the Public Relation Officer of the Nigerian Police Force, a lawyer and a very influential personality. The meeting was held at his office at the National Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force. He thanked the delegation for reaching out to him and advised them to keep up the good work as FALAS is a big dream come true. He committed to working with FALAS and promised to get back to them through the former President, who was also present at the meeting.
The delegation, including Hon. Siaffa Bahn Kemokai, II, FALAS Head of Diplomacy and External Affairs and head of the delegation; Hon. Williamina G. Elious Budy, Special President Envoy and Vice President of the Law Students’ Association of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Liberia had a dinner before departing to their various countries the following day.