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August 14, 2018

An overview of the Nigerian Public Procurement Act

There is the need for the establishment of a legal framework for public Procurement” says the World Bank to the Officials of the Federal Government who are always in need of more Loans to facilitate one white Elephant Project after another. These loans always seem to find their way to private Pockets because of lack of Due Process or Policy defaults. The Enactment of The Procurement Act 2007 is a weighty development based on the recommendation of the World Bank which advised for better transparency in the proceedings of public procurement. As a general rule, it is the requirement of…

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National Dialogue: Why the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Should Not Represent the Igbo Nation

Recently, the GEJ administration came up with the idea of a national dialogue which in my view is a distraction from the present Civil war he is prosecuting against the Boko Haram rebel group and charges of Corruption against his administration in the backdrop of the cohesive belligerence of the APC. Not many Nigerians are aware of the fact that Nigeria, in the view of the United Nations, the international court of Criminal Justice, The World Bank and the international community is a Nation at War just because, the war has religious connotations. Perhaps this is one of the reasons…

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Corruption: The World Bank lists of Nigerian looters and the Code of Conduct Tribunal

Corruption: The World Bank lists of Nigerian looters and the Code of Conduct Tribunal. The Nigerian public was shocked by the revelations by the World Bank, the apex international Credit and development bank which shows the massive looting of the Nigerian economy in the past decades evidenced by foreign accounts owned by the political class, public officers, and the military with outstanding performances by the erstwhile past heads of states, and the powers behind the emerging political challenges in the country. I was devastated by the list not only because of the stupendous amount of loot lying in foreign banks…

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Who Pays Tenement Rates? (2)

Conclusion The South Eastern governments need to review the regulations of tenement rates and ensure that vacant houses, pensioner  occupied houses and family houses and rural dwellers are exempted from tenement rates There should be a drastic reduction of tenement rates in Areas outside of the capital cities to improve housing development in  these areas and arrest rural urban drift. The arbitrariness in the fixing of tenement rates can be checked by regular and physical inspection of the premises to be rated by appropriate valuations. At the same time, we cannot but affirm the illegality the action of the Lagos…

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Who Pays Tenement Rates? (1)

Abstract Tenement rates are property taxes paid by landlords and or Occupiers of a Building payable to local government Councils as part of their internally generated revenue. Recently I conducted a study on the subject of tenement rates which has become a vexed issue because of the inherent abuses by arbitrary rate increases, failure of most landlords to pay their rates as at when due with the consequent transferred burden on tenants. The objective of the study conducted through my organization, Centre for Development Initiatives and Advocacy was to determine the impact of tenement rates on small businesses and infrastructural…

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Terrorism And Its Impact On Political And Religious Freedom In Nigeria (3)

In the final analysis, Nigeria has no Data base on Terrorism that is credible and dependable. For a country that cannot count itself, no reliance can be placed on facts and figures produced by any state department because it may be influenced by other considerations, including perhaps, the amplification of fear to generate better needless federal funding.                      The federal government war on terror is going awry. It has sent out the signal that it can’t defend itself as it is prepared to negotiate with terrorists contrary to standard protocols and findings on the subject of non negotiation. Nigeria remains a…

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TERRORISM AND ITS IMPACT ON POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN NIGERIA

A government has to make response on how to deal with the problems posed by Terrorism. There are varied responses a government can take to deal with the problem posed but the responses taken by Nigeria seems to have encompassed the entire response options because of the destructive and psychic fear the organizations   of terrorist groups has caused in Nigeria especially the Group known as Boko Haram. The Niger Delta Militant groups pales into insignificance in comparison to the Islamist fundamentalist group. The federal government of Nigeria has exercised all the options particularized here under including the use of military…

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TERRORISM AND ITS IMPACT ON POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN NIGERIA

“Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” 1999 constitution of Nigeria. There is no legally acceptable definition of terrorism to scholars or the United Nations but the definition in use is sectoral conventions. In fact there are as many definitions of the subject as are Authors on the subject. The definition of the term terrorism by a Terrorist is likely to be as unacceptable but we can establish the essential ingredients of Terrorism at least. As Lord Denning Once noted, if we cannot define an Elephant, we know an Elephant when we see One.  …

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An overview of the American Freedom of hoice Act and Globalization of Abortion

The freedom of choice Act is the most radical abortion law proposed in Human history with respect to reproductive justice which gives a woman unfettered freedom to abort a child she is carrying without criminal culpability or determine a pregnancy without spousal consent, parental notification or consultation. The Freedom of Choice Act Indeed facilitates partial Birth abortion and puts the woman in position to exercise a reckless disdain for human life to facilitate the pursuit of her personal happiness and wellness. FOCA” declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to…

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SECURITY CHALLENGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN ORLU 2

SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS The challenges of security, law enforcement and unemployment cannot be wished away but a careful consideration and reevaluations will ensure a remarkable improvement of the security services and infrastructures of law enforcement that ensures a sustainable social justice system. The best way to improve the security system is to build a military cantonment in Orlu town centre preferably, now, besides NEPA to ensure proper engagement of violent crimes. The state government can build and hand over to the army such a compact cantonment   with an existing prototype by St Dominic’s, yaba Lagos. This will be complimented by the…

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SECURITY CHALLENGES, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT IN ORLU

Society is always in a mercurial state of flux. Hopefully change should be for the better and not for the worse. Every community has to rise to the challenges of modernism and concretize its legitimate aspirations or betray them. For Orlu, the greatest challenges remain the problems created by insecurity, poor law enforcement and a high level of unemployment.   THE SECURITY CHALLENGES The broad spectrums of security challenges are very remarkable in Orlu which has driven away potential investors from the historical town which perhaps is an emerging commercial centre. Daily reports of Kidnapping and armed robberies are of…

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AN OVERVIEW OF THE LAW AND FACTS OF PENSION ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA

The erosive decay of our moral infrastructures has not only undermined the institutional frameworks for growth, fiscal and policy management in our polity but has also undermined in grave measures the initiatives for post employment benefits for Nigeria workers. Billions of Naira meant for retirees has been stolen.   All these facts point to a growing necessity for more and better rules to institutionalize pension reforms and ordered development of our pension System under the regulation of the Nigerian pension commission.   What is a pension? A pension can be defined as a benefit usually money paid regularly to a…

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR BANK CHEATS YOU AND IN MATTERS OF DEBT RECOVERY

A lot of people have lost confidence in their banks and many families ruined by failed banks. In the last dispensation, banks have been used to facilitate fraud involving pension scams, 419 international transfers, cheque frauds, and breaches of customers confidentialities to criminal elements.   So what will you do when you discover that your bank has been cheating on you?   Here are some checklists to help you appreciate the problem.   CAN A BANK CHEAT ITS CUSTOMERS?   Yes. They do this every day in Nigeria where the level of regulation enforcement is not strict and customers rarely…

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AN OVERVIEW OF THE JUSTICIABILITY OF THE FUNDAMENTAL OBJECTIVES AND DIRECTIVE PRINCIPLES OF STATE POLICY UNDER THE 1999 CONSTITUTION

The constitution has provided guidelines of the fundamental objectives of good governance which frames the directive principles of state policy. Thus when we talk about clueless and visionless leaders, we are talking about the inept leadership that is not concerned with the growth of society but with the enlargement of their greed and self aggrandizement. There are sufficient guidelines in our constitution to give sight to the politically blind and propagate a new generation of responsible leadership.   A lot of our leaders go through Life appropriating the resources of society and stealing from the poor. They are basically illiterate…

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The Role of Lawyers and the Courts in the Enforcement of the Fundamental Rights of the Citizen

There are many guarantees made by the 1999 constitution which has been habitually infringed upon and treated particularly, by the courts with indifference and by the state with criminality.   These letters of the law became sterile litanies and mimicry of eloquent respect for human liberties whilst the contrary is practiced. Today over 80 percent of the inmates of Nigerian prisons are awaiting trial .Many have completed the number of years they would have spent in jail if they are convicted. Many are pregnant whist in the custody of prison Authorities and or serving terms with their babies.   A…

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LAND LAW: FIVE WAYS OF PROVING OWNERSHIP OF A LAND IN A DISPUTE

Land Disputes are very common in Southern Nigeria because of the growing scarcity of land for agriculture, housing development, and the development of infrastructures. We readily agree with economists who state that land is in short supply and accept the Biblical insights that God has since stopped creating land and rested. Human populations on the other hand have continued to increase with associated problems of housing and food security. This explains why we have increasing litigations in our states especially in the South east where the demand for land has led to large scale migrations and many in our lands…

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Code of Conduct For Public Officers

There are rules and professional ethics governing the employment of public officers under the employment of local councils, state and federal Government’s public services to prevent abuse of office and check corruption. It is in this regard that section 153 of the 1999 constitution as amended provided for the establishment of the code of conduct Bureau which enforces the strictures of public service employment ethics or rules. These rules are made to be followed like a code of conduct and when there is a breach, it is strictly sanctioned. The 5th schedule, part 1 of the 1999 constitution provides answers…

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HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL?

The idea of making a Will comes as a surprise to most people and for others, it is a remembrance of death. The world is so sweet and beautiful for those who have acquired immense wealth and comfortable existence that the very idea of their demise is unthinkable. Often times, when these kind of persons die, they leave behind unresolved issues of inheritances and family disputes as to ownership of properties belonging to the deceased. If it is possible some people would carry their properties to heaven. In African societies as you would soon discover, women are considered as part…

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The Constitutionality of CGC and the Roles of Local Government Council in Economic Development (2)

Applying that rules of expressio unius exclusio  alterius, which when applied excluded all functions not specifically granted by the constitution, one is tempted to agree with the suggestion that the role of Local government Councils are limited to the functions enumerated in the 4th schedule . However, it is still within the province of the state to ensure under a law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils. This clause under section 7 of the constitution is the reason for my submission that the state can add to the functions of the local government…

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The Constitutionality Of CGC and The Roles Of Local Government Council in Economic Development (1)

The law is not an exact science. In this regard in certain circumstance we cannot by mathematical exactitude interpret all enactments of parliament. This is because words have intrinsic and varied connotations. They do not always convey what they mean or mean what they say. However the provisions of the 1999 constitution as amended are very clear in the 4th schedule, the role the legislature has mapped out for the 774 Local government Councils in Nigeria. Unfortunately, for reasons I have examined earlier on, in another article, in Law and Society, (see NULGE STRIKES: ARISING ISSUES OF CORRUPTION AND CONSTITUTIONALISM)….

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