N/As­sem­bly is de­ter­mined to re­form Nige­rian laws - Ihe­dioha

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Emeka Ihe­dioha, has said that the Na­tional As­sem­bly would do all within its pow­ers to en­sure the suc­cess­ful re­form of some Nige­rian laws con­sid­ered “ar­chaic.”

Speak­ing at a round ta­ble on law re­form in Nigeria or­ga­nized by the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Leg­isla­tive Stud­ies (NILS) in Abuja yes­ter­day, Ihe­dioha said a num­ber of Nige­rian laws have be­come ob­so­lete as they were en­acted by the mil­i­tary, and there was se­ri­ous need to re-ex­am­ine them.

He said go­ing by “the clam­our for re­form in prac­ti­cally all as­pects of our sys­tem,” there was need for law­mak­ers to en­sure that Nige­rian laws re­flect and ad­dress its con­tem­po­rary re­al­i­ties and chal­lenges.

He said the Na­tional As­sem­bly would en­sure the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the out­come of the law re­form pro­pos­als from the round ta­ble.

“This round ta­ble will there­fore pro­vide a suit­able fo­rum to dis­cuss the dy­nam­ics, chal­lenges and ben­e­fits of law re­form in Nigeria,” he said.

For his part, chair­man House com­mit­tee on jus­tice, Rep Ali Ahmed, in a wel­come ad­dress said the fo­rum was or­ga­nized to look crit­i­cally at some Nige­rian laws with a view to re­view­ing them to re­flect cur­rent re­al­i­ties.

De­liv­er­ing a paper at the event, Pro­fes­sor C. O. Ok­wonko (SAN), said some of the ar­eas of Nige­rian laws that need re­form in­clude Pub­lic Of­fi­cers Pro­tec­tion Act, 2004 and Rob­bery and Firearms (Spe­cial Pro­vi­sions) Act, 2004.

Oth­ers, he said, are Hire Pur­chase Act, 2004, Trustees In­vest­ment Act, 2004 and Dis­hon­oured Cheques Of­fences Act, 2004 and the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, 2004 and Pub­lic Or­der Act, 2004.

Sim­i­larly, chair­man of the Nige­rian Law Re­form Com­mis­sion, Pro­fes­sor O. A. Osun­bor, said the com­mis­sion has so far re­viewed cer­tain laws that were ap­pli­ca­ble only dur­ing the colo­nial era.

Emeka Ihe­dioha

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