After Workshop, Member Obingwa West Pledges Readiness to Serve Abians, Constituents through Quality Legislation

The member representing Obingwa-West state constituency in Abia State House of Assembly, Erondu Uchenna Erondu Jnr. has pledged to serve Abians and his constituents effectively through quality legislation.

Erondu Jnr, who stated this during an induction workshop for members of Abia State House of Assembly, organized by National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in collaboration with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, at lkot lkpene, Akwa-lbom state, noted that the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as ammended, accords the concept of separation of powers to be practiced among the three arms of government.

This, he said would enthrone and deepen democracy, rule of law, human rights, good governance as well as grant freedom as enshrined in the 1999 Nigerian constitution as ammended, if the doctrine of separation of powers and its inherent checks and balances are properly observed and practiced at all levels of government.

He maintained that the theory and practice of separation of powers and checks and balances is the most veritable context in which the Judiciary can perform its constitutional responsibility of stabilizing the political system, thus, achieving sustainable democracy and good governance in Nigeria and at state government levels.

He noted that by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria (1999) as ammended, no arm of government is supreme or immune from checks and balances by the other arms, explaining that it is in line with the doctrine of separation of powers as espoused by Baron de Montesquieu in his timeless treatie; known as ‘the Spirit of the Laws’.

He maintained that the constitution supremacy clause gives the federal laws primacy over state laws; adding that where the constitution is silent on which of the governments has the power to legislate on a matter, the power is deemed residual in the state’s government.

Erondu further highlighted that on the horizontal dimension, the Executive, Legislature, and Judiciary check one another.

He also thanked his constituents for the confidence reposed in him to serve them at the 8th Abia Assembly, adding that he would not disappoint.

The workshop featured opening address by Director-General, NILDS, Prof. Abubakar O. Sulaiman and the keynote lecture was delivered by an Associate Professor of Economic History, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Dr. Adetunji Ogunyemi while other Abia lawmakers attended the workshop.

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