Nigerian Journal of Legislative Affairs

Year : 2015-01-05

Year: 2015-01-05

Volume: 7

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The paper provides details on the legislative procedures and practice in the National Assembly. The paper is divided into 9 different sections which are consideration of bills, motions, petitions, privileges, matters of urgent public importance, procedure on treaties, state of emergency and recommendations. The paper described the procedures for the aforementioned legislative activities in the National Assembly. It also pointed out the Rules 14 to 19 of the Senate’s Standing orders 2011 provides for privilege for legislators. However, it pointed out that privileges do not amount to immunity. In addition, the procedures for handling matters of urgent public importance, Treaties and State of Emergency are briefly discussed. Furthermore, it identified some shortcomings in the legislative procedure in the National Assembly. Firstly, the Standing Order of the National Assembly do not provide for a special procedure on Constitution Amendment Bills. Secondly, the inadequacies of the Senate Rules as it relates to the passage of Bills. Lastly, the Senate Orders conspicuously omit the functions of the Deputy Senate President. The paper recommends that the procedures for the passage of bills in the House of Representatives should be adopted in the Senate for better legislation. It also recommends that the Senate Standing Order be amended to assign specific roles to the Deputy Senate President so that the Senate President can contribute to debates and attend other Senate functions.

To date, virtually nothing has been written in either the scholarly or practitioner press on an important aspect of public financial oversight. This article attempts to redress this shortfall. As such, it straddles the academic and parliamentary practitioner spheres. In the process of explaining public debt and the role of oversight by the legislature, several issues are explored. In section 1, public debt is introduced and defined. In section 2, an in-depth review of the international experience and best practices regarding public management is undertaken. Section 3 reviews international experience while section 4, concludes and draft some recommendations.

This paper explores why and how law could, through the principles of CSR combat youth unemployment and promote sustainable development in Nigeria. Through a qualitative critical analysis and drawing from different academic materials the paper provides an original insight. It finds that Nigeria is seriously in need of enactment and implementation of laws and policies that can aid growth in youth employment. The paper concludes by suggesting specific CSR based policy and legislative models for stimulating optimum growth in youth development in Nigeria.

Regulatory inconsistencies have been blamed for the poor performance of the electricity industry in Nigeria. Despite significant progress in enhancing the performance of the electricity market has been recorded since the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act (EPRSA) was passed in 2005, its implementation has been slower than envisaged. This paper examines the role of electricity governance in bringing about improved service delivery in the electricity sector. Existing law such as EPRSA, and institutions: the National Electricity Power Policy (NEPP), The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Authority (NEMSA); were cross examined to identify regulatory and policy inconsistencies. The result shows that less duplication of regulatory roles and functions would bring about improved service delivery in the electricity sector. It was recommended that having both the NERC and NEMSA to jointly regulate the sector, only increases social cost and weakens the performance of the electricity sector by slowing the implementation of existing policies and laws made to bring about improvement in electricity supply in Nigeria.

Charting a solid path for Africa's future development requires a good understanding of the factors that shape the past and current processes. This calls for an objective narrative of Africa's growth process. Section 1 addresses the key elements of structural economic transformations and identifies the opportunities for structural transformation in Africa. This explains the key risks and challenges that are likely to affect Africa's growth prospects in the year ahead are. Africa needs to develop its capacity to produce sophisticated, higher-value goods for which its demands rise globally as income increases. The myriad opportunities in agro-industrial and extractive-value chain linkages, wide scope for economic diversification, rising urbanization, and emerging middle class make this more appealing.

  • Ita S. J. Enang

  • Rick Stapenhurst

  • Bethel Uzoma Ihugba

  • P.C. Obutte

  • D. Akobuiro

  • A. Iwayemi

  • A. Adenikinju

  • Ayodele Odusola