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LDC launches its Lira Campus at Lira University

From: Patrick Opio

Senior Public Relations Officer (SPRO)

The Law Development Centre has launched its Lira Campus hosted at Lira University in a colourful ceremony presided over by Lira Chief Magistrate, Janeva Natukunda.

Natukunda implored LDC lecturers to ensure effective and efficient training of the students so that the products are globally competitive in the job market.

The inauguration ceremony that attracted several stakeholders from Lango sub-region and elsewhere across the country was characterized with praises to Lira University staff for their tireless efforts and vision in ensuring that the young institution grows faster.

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum revealed that Lira University had given 5 acres of land to LDC for infrastructure development. He added that the university management is excited and ready to work with LDC as a team building and strengthening the two institutions so that they are the centres of excellence globally.

Okaka Opio Dokotum observed that there is plan to establish an institute of cultural studies at the university to benefit the law students and others. He also suggested that there is a dire need for establishment of regional supreme court and court of appeal at Lira University Hill to enhance access to justice in the greater north.

The DVC hails LDC for its Legal Aid Clinic, the Centre that offers free legal services to indigent persons and children in conflict with the law. This means some disadvantaged or poor members of our communities will access service from LDC lawyers without incurring any costs.

LDC Director, Frank Nigel Othembi commended Lira University for having the best vision and programmes that attracted LDC to establish its Lira Campus here. “We moved in most parts of the greater north looking for the most convenient and suitable place and luckily enough we discovered Lira University that meets all our targets. As LDC, we share a lot with this university including its vision,” Othembi said.

Othembi noted that LDC will construct magnificent structures within 5 years, although currently they are renting offices and lecture rooms from Lira University to kick start. He observed that LDC has appointed competent lecturers to train bar course students and others from across the country on issues of laws.

He said that LDC plans to create more regional campuses to cater for thousands of law students that graduate annually from universities in the country.

LDC Assistant Director, Mulalira Faisal Umar noted that the Lira campus will provide services and training opportunities nearer to people in northern Uganda, including others from across the country.

He revealed that the LDC focuses onimparting legal and practical skills to Bar Course students (these are students who already possess degrees in laws but lack practicing skills), providing legal knowledge to those whose work requires a knowledge of law and to others who have obtained at least an Advanced Certificate of Education and wish to further improve their academic capabilities.

The institution organizes and conducts short courses, seminars, conferences and any other tailored courses for government, public and private sectors with a view to promoting a better understanding of the law.

Courses Offered at LDC, Lira University Campus are Postgraduate Bar Course, Diploma in Law Course (Day and Evening), Diploma in Human Rights Course, Administrative Officers’ Law Course, Court Bailiffs, Brokers and Auctioneers’/Court Clerks and Law Clerks Law Course and any tailored Short Law Course.

Lira University, a public educational institution created in 2015, is located in Ayere cell, Barapwo Ward, Lira City West Division, Lira City. The university covers a total area of 621 acres (251.3 hectares) of land

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LDC Director, Frank Nigel Othembi, Lira University DVC, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Dokotum , Lira Chief Magistrate, Nakutunda Janeva and others cut a cake to launch its LDC Lira campus hosted at Lira University

Lira University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Okaka Opio Doktum(Left) and others during LDC Lira campus launch on 17th February 2021

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