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Rule of Law essential for stability, fairness – Justice Oguntade

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RETIRED justice of the Supreme Court, Justice George Oguntade, has said that rule of law is essential for stability and fairness without which individuals and society cannot function.

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File: Buhari during the 2016 budget presentation to the National Assembly.

The great budget tug-of-war

This past week, Nigerians were visited with more uncertainty over the passing of the 2016 Appropriation Bill into law. Having passed the bill on the respective floors of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the countdown to the constitutional deadline for presidential assent, set at 30 days, expired at the weekend. The Appropriation Bill, which is the formal legislative nomenclature for the Budget, has been the inanimate central character in what has turned into a quite animated caper on the national stage in the last few months.

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The state of Ocholi's car after the accident along Kaduna-Abuja road on Sunday. Inset: Ocholi

Requiem for James Ocholi, SAN

EACH time I have had the opportunity to dedicate a tribute to a deceased colleague and friend, I always draw inspiration from a hymn. In the light of the very young children left behind by the demise of late James Ocholi, SAN and his wife Blessing, I believe that the words of hymn 176 (A&M) are, quite instructive. Penned by William Cowper, it is to the following effect

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Can a CJ sign another judge’s judgement order?

The media have been awash of recent with petitions by one Mr. Peter Eze, a lawyer against the Chief Judge of Enugu State, His Lordship, Hon. Justice Innocent Umezulike, to the Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission, wherein he levelled allegations of forgery and misconducts.

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Majority of Nigerian judges are honest, good, learned — Justice Abdullahi

Justice Umaru Abdullahi, is former President of the Court of Appeal and member of the National Judicial Council, NJC. He is also Chairman, Board of Trustees, Citizens for Better Justice Initiative (CBJI). In this interview, he spoke on the challenges facing judges and efforts being made to improve their performance through the bar and the bench collaborating with the initiative of CBJI and other issues affecting the judiciary. Excerpts.

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13% derivation, falling crude oil price and the constitution

  Introduction The principle of derivation as encapsulated under the proviso to Section 162 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended, is geared towards providing a recompense to the producers of any natural resources for the expropriation and sequestration of their rights to control and manage same, by the Nigerian State. Instructively, however, and in
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CAC: Attaining excellence in leadership and governance training

ON assumption of office May 29, 2015, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to encourage accountability, transparency and good governance and wage a war against corruption in every Ministry, Department or Agency of Federal Government. As an agency of Government the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in discharge of its statutory obligations under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 and in response to the call for the fight against corruption organised a training for all its executive officers (assistant and deputy directors) themed “Attaining Excellence in Leadership and Governance” at the Sheraton Lagos, Hotel.

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We must strengthen EFCC, ICPC to win war on corruption – Horn, SAN

THE Nigerian constitution is currently undergoing amendments in the National Assembly. Which core areas do you think they must amend? We must first of all remember that the National Assembly, in conjunction with the various state Houses of Assembly, has power to amend the Nigerian constitution. This power is donated by the Constitution itself and cannot therefore, be wished away.

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There is need to institutionalise judiciary reform – Adedeji

To be honest with you, in my opinion, judicial reform needs to be institutionalised. As part of political reform of the country’s judiciary, it must constantly be reviewed or reformed to reflect the constant dynamics of the society. It should not be treated like one off project and be left in a state for a century. Efficient justice delivery is central to the nation’s economic growth and development. The administration of justice in Nigeria craves for serious reform to meet with the exigencies of growth; hence delay of cases in courts and in some cases failure to deliver justice.

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CAC: Attaining excellence in leadership and governance training

ON assumption of office May 29, 2015, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari promised to encourage accountability, transparency and good governance and wage a war against corruption in every Ministry, Department or Agency of Federal Government. As an agency of Government the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in discharge of its statutory obligations under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 and in response to the call for the fight against corruption organised a training for all its executive officers (assistant and deputy directors) themed “Attaining Excellence in Leadership and Governance” at the Sheraton Lagos, Hotel.

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