By Adejumo Kabir
The hope of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Law Students Odebode Karimot, Ayansola Seun and David McCoy to represent Nigeria in Malta, Europe for the international moot court competition on Air Law has been dashed.
They were unable to meet the trip not for failure to triumph in the national completion or academic deficiencies but for lack of sponsorship despite approaching numerous cooperate organisations
Karimot, Seun and McCoy despite inability to participate in the Malta competition decided not silent over the matter not because they are direct victims but not to discourage future commitment in such competition which is promoting academic excellence.
Karimot, while speaking with Ife City News said they spent sleepless night in writing a memorial on Air Law; an aspect of law which is new in Nigeria, rehearsing and researching in what they were not taught in school in order to make Nigeria proud at the competition.
She said “We did our part; wrote memorial, sent copies to Malta, paid registration fee, acquired international passport and at a point, the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University had to set our examination of 19 units to a week so as to meet up with the competition.
Letters were written to the school management, chambers, organisations, officials on the competition which we only need a total sum of 2 million naira for the Flight Ticket and Visa, we got the Visa money but could not acquire it because flight tickets were not available.
“We wrote to Pay Porte to sponsor the trip to University of Oxford after we have done our part by qualifying to represent Nigeria. They turned down our request but went ahead to sponsor BigBrotherNigeria.” she said.
She reiterated further that “Let me tell you how the moot and mock, OAU won the Manfred lacs Space Competition in South Africa for four years straight up. We have qualified to represent Africa in various countries. The last one was in Mexico where our team came second in the whole world. Truth be told, we have good brains but our government have refused to see the good in us”. Karimot said.
She further narrated how she and her team missed an exam to get Visa in Lagos and needed to return to Ife for another exam the next day.
“We are tired of trekking the nooks and crannies of Nigeria in search of sponsors. Ife law Moot and Mock has delivered, we have won several international and local competitions, we have written briefs and memorials than some practicing lawyers. We have researched endlessly on topics alien to our country and we have excelled.
“For the record, we were the 5th in the world last year in Indonesia for the Air Law Competition where we had to go with two representatives because of fund where other universities were with four representatives. Despite that, we excelled. We were 1st in South Africa for years, and second in Mexico.
“The African moot and Space law are around the corner. “We will qualify because of the standard of our work, we will spend nights rehearsing but we hope this country smell our plight”, Karimot said.