November 25, 2016 – Unpaid Salaries Of Workers & Retirees: Where Is Nigeria Heading To In The 21st Century?
THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
What does the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria say?
“The constitution is supreme and its provisions shall have binding force
on all authorities and persons throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
Sec.3: “If any other law is inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution, this constitution shall prevail, and that other law shall to the extent of the inconsistency be void”
Sec.4(1) “The legislative powers of the federal Republic of Nigeria shall be vested in a National Assembly for the federation which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.
(2) The National Assembly shall have power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the Federation or any part thereof with respect to any matter included in the Exclusive legislative list set out in part of the Second Schedule to this Constitution.”
(5) If any law enacted by the House of Assembly of a State is inconsistent with any law validly made by the National Assembly, the law made by the National Assembly shall prevail, and that other law shall to the extent of the inconsistency be void.”
Sec.5(1) “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the executive powers of the Federation
(1a) shall be vested in the President and may, subject as aforesaid and to the provisions of any law made by the National Assembly, be exercised by him either directly or through the Vice President and Ministers of the Government of the Federation and
(b) shall extend to the execution and maintenance of this Constitution, all laws made by the National Assembly and to all matters with respect to which National Assembly has, for the time being, power to make laws.”
Sec.5(2): ‘Subject to the provisions of this Constitution of that State and may subject as aforesaid and to the provisions of any law made be a House of Assembly of the State and to all matters with respect to which the House of Assembly has for the time being power to make laws”.
Sec.17(1) “The State social order is founded on ideals of freedom, Equality and Justice.
(2) In furtherance of the social order –
(a) every citizen shall have equality of rights, obligations and opportunities before the law;
(b) the sanctity of the human person shall be recognized and human dignity shall be maintained and enhanced;
(c) government actions shall be humane;”
Now the Holy Scripture says, my people perish for lack of knowledge.
Retirees cannot be paid as and when due. Salaries of workers are held up for months! Whereas some in Nigeria live in opulence. Do we in Nigeria believe in rules or impunity?
The question now is where is Nigeria heading to in the 21st century? The Nigerian leaders today are in a better position to provide the answers.
MAY GOD HELP NIGERIA.
About the author: J.M.Ovedje, NCE, B.Sc/Ed, MBA