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Legislative Digest December 2012

Perspectives On The Legislature
Notwithstanding the return of democracy in Nigeria 1999, the legislative arm of government is yet to get its grip firmly on the way it should discharge its duties. This is mainly to the fact that the legislative organ lacks the capacity to discharge its duties.
A good number of legislators are coming into the legislature for the first time as we have seen in the case of 2011 election where legislative turnover stood at above 75%, state like Kogi had legislative turnover of above 98%. The legislators are not the only one that lack capacity in this regard, also legislative support staff do not have the capacity to provide the needed legislative support. The capacity lapses in Nigerian legislature manifests mainly in the areas of law making and legislative process, financial and technicalities, oversight function etc. (more…)

Legislative Digest Oct 2012

Absence of Legislative Arm in Local Government Dire to Grassroot Democracry
Local government which is a third tier of government in Nigeria’s purported federation was created for the sole aim of taking government ‘dividend’ and development to the people at the grass root. However, it is regrettable that despite the whole local government reform, this third tier of government is yet to achieve the aim it was created for. More worrisome is that, out of 36 states in Nigeria, only about 13 states among them are Enugu, Rivers, Jigawa and Lagos have conducted elections in their local government areas (LGA). This then means that all the remaining local government is being run by care taker or other informal arrangements. Obviously, this has completely thrown away the legislative organ in the local government and also denying the people in the grassroot the opportunity to elect representatives in the local government chamber. (more…)

Legislative Digest Sept 2012

Publish What You Pay Demand Transparency and Accountability in Natural Resources Deal
Publish What You Pay (PWYP) coalition was formed in 2002 by a group of London-based NGO representatives to help abate the issue of resource curse which arises from countries not being able to account or utilize their natural resources due to lack of transparency, by campaigning for greater transparency in the extractive industry. This was due to a report published by Global Witness in December 1999 on the apparent complicity of the oil and banking industries in the plundering of state assets during Angola’s 40 year civil – war, also in Nigeria where there was no exact knowledge of how its extractive industry functions and how much revenue it derives and what such revenues are used for.
In order to ensure better use of natural resources PWYP has signed up spaces at global, regional and national levels for civil […]

Legislative Digest Aug '12

NASS Laments Unsigned Bill: Threatens to Over-Ride Jonathan
Ton Rules and Business, Mr. Sam Tsokwa, recently lamented cases of unsigned bills by the President during one year anniversary of the seventh House.
He has indeed threatened that the House would by next legislative year over-ride President Jonathan on bills that do not have Presidential assent within the stipulated time limit. He also decried the slow implementation of House’s resolution by the executive arm of government.
The Deputy speaker of the House, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha similarly renewed the agitation recently for the pending bills awaiting presidential assent during a visit from a delegation of the Nigerian Institute for Food Science Technology (NIFST) who were at the National Assembly advocating for the passage of the bill on the establishment of the Nigerian Council of Food Science and Technology. It may be recalled that the bill has been passed by the National Assembly on the […]

Legislative Digest July 2012

House Threatens To Impeach Jonathan
The lower chamber of the National Assembly – House of representative during its plenary session recently threatened to impeach President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan if the 2012 budget did not yield the expected result by September, 2012 (more…)

Legislative Digest June 2012

NASS Ends First Legislative Year
on a Low Key, Rates Self High
Both the upper and lower chambers of the seventh national assembly on June 6, 2012 mark its first legislative year on a low key as sign of last respect and commemoration to the victims of Dana plane crash in Lagos recently.
The leadership of the national assembly who visited the site of the crash in Lagos shortly after the incident call off its earlier plans to mark the end of its first legislative year respectively in other to mourn the nation’s loss and pay homage to the dead.
The two highest lawmaking body in the country rates self high in terms of performance evaluation and sees its first legislative year as remarkable, eventful, engaging and fruitful respectively; in the area of bill’s passage, oversight engagements, monitoring and execution of its other constitutional mandates. (more…)

Legislative Digest May 2012

NASS Assures Workers Of Friendly
Legislation And Improved Welfare
The members and leadership of both lower and upper chambers of the National Assembly have assured workers in Nigeria of friendly legislation and improved welfare package that will see to its low earnings and other incentive challenges. This was disclosed during the year 2012 international workers day celebration in Nigeria on May 1 by the federal legislators.
While commemorating with the teeming Nigerian workers during the May Day celebration, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal said that the National Assembly would continue to enact laws that will ensure security of employment, health and welfare of all working people in the country.
According to him, as partner in progress, the lawmakers and the labour unions have shared goals and responsibilities whose ultimate aim is to see to the development of the country. (more…)

Legislative Digest April 2012

Jonathan Praises NASS Over Speedy
Passage of 2012 Budget
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has thanked the leadership and members of both chambers of the National Assembly for the speedy passage of the 2012 appropriation bill, despite its tight-fist schedule.
He disclosed this during the official signing of the 2012 budget into law four weeks after the upper and the lower chambers jacked the initial N4.6trillion naira budget proposal to N4.8trillion in order to accommodate other expenses like the SURE programme of the executive and signed the appropriation bill and also passed it to the president for his assent. (more…)

Legislative Digest Dec. 2010

Transparency, Good Governance Key to Nigeria’s Growth – ZCC
For Nigeria to win the war against corruption in the revenue sector of the country there must be a collective effort towards harnessing the nation’s resources through the culture of transparency and good governance,this was contained in a communique from the one day advocacy meeting which was organized by Zero Corruption Coalition{ZCC} with Oil, Gas and Government Agencies on NEITI Audit Report, in Abuja recently and jointly signed by Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, Chairman of the Steering Committee of Zero Corruption Coalition and Mr. Newton Otsemaye, Program Officer, Publish What You Pay, said in order to re-establish the culture of transparency, accountability,integrity and good governance in Nigeria there must be strong coordination among government agencies. (more…)

Legislative Digest Jan 2010

Presidency: Remove Constitutional Impediments
The essential ingredient of any democratic process is the presence of an executive president, who the people routinely elected as a mark of their mandate for his/her governance.
Since November 23, 2009, President Umaru Yar’Adua left the shores of Nigeria in search of appropriate medical attention in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  It is true that the Islamic Republic has more modern, technically superior and reliable medical facilities and personnel.
What is of interest here is not the high-brow medicaments and medics of the Saudis.  It is the very long absence of our President from duty without properly notifying the citizens, and the attendant power vacuum created in the statecraft of the country. (more…)