Cooperation between the Executives and the State Parliaments in making Laws

March 26 Wednesday

Date/time

March 26 - 27, 2014

Loc.

Obudu Mountain Resort, Cross River State

With

Comrade Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi, Chairman, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG); Prof. Tajudeen Akanji, University of Ibadan; Muyiwa Adenopo, Clerk, Ogun State House of Assembly; Dr. Otive Igbuzor, Executive Director, Centre-LSD.

Type

Workshop

The programme for delegates from parliaments of Plateau, Cross River and Ogun States took place from March 26 -27, 2014 in Obudu Mountain Resort.

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The theme was chosen to discuss how the cooperation between the executives and the legislature towards making good laws for their states could be improved.

Each one of the parliaments reported on their experiences with the executive initiating bills and made suggestions from their experiences towards ways of improving the relationship between the legislature and the executive, highlighting the responsibilities of parliaments as well as the executives.

It was found out that in all states an overwhelming majority of the bills were sponsored by the executive, which lead to further discussions about the reasons.

Considering that initiation of bills is not only done by the executives, the Transition Monitoring Group’s chairman, Comrade Zikirullahi Ibrahim, spoke on the roles of the civil society organizations in the initiation of bills. Prof. Tajudeen Akanji from the University of Ibadan contributed to the discussion with ideas on possible laws for reducing insecurity in Nigeria, by looking at other countries that are facing the same challenges Nigeria is facing today. Dr. Otive Igbuzor looked at the parliamentary oversight of the executive and pointed out the positive and negative roles of the Governors. He raised the fact that the governors are very powerful in their states, and can determine the affairs of the states. Despite of the very influential and powerful tool of Governors the legislature should stand up to their task, by doing the right thing at the right time and should always follow the constitution in their dealings with the executives.

As a result of the program the participants issued a communiqué with 17 recommendations which will be followed up and worked upon in each state. The communiqué is attached for further information.

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Contact person

Hildegard Behrendt-Kigozi

Head of the KAS office in Nigeria and temporary of the office in Ghana

Hildegard Behrendt-Kigozi
Phone +234 70 982 128 35