By ISRAEL LAR
Nigerians have been told to be patriotic so that the Constitution would have an impact, not only their lives, but on the day to day affairs of the country.
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State gave the advice Monday while declaring open the 2019 Law Week and first Hon Justice Lazarus C Dakyen Memorial Lecture with the theme: “Efficacy of the Nigerian Constitution in the face of current realities” held in Jos.
“I have been reliably told that there are experts you have invited to dissect the theme of this lecture by answering the question as to whether the Constitution we currently operate is producing the desired results or not”, Lalong stated.
The Governor assured that his government would remain committed to providing conducive environment for lawyers and judges to operate in the state, promising to commission the new on- going High Court Complex during the next anniversary of the administration, including building new courts.
He urged them to do more justice to the contentious issues that needed to be tackled in the Constitution like the issues of the state police, state independent electoral commission and the problems governors were facing in respect of their status as, “chief security officers of their states”, while they do not give directives.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association,Jos branch,Yakubu Saleh Bawa, said this year’s law week was remarkable because of the first Hon Justice Lazarus C Dakyen Memorial Lecture, and disclose that Association had handed over Justice DaudaAnzaki memorial lecture to the NBA,Lafia branch having been doing it for over 21 years.
According to him, the theme of this year’s Law Week was fundamentally crucial considering the enormous challenges the nation was grabbling with, as the Constitution was not addressing national issues based on current realities.
Chairman of the occasion and Director General of the Industrial Training Fund, Sir Joseph N Ari represented by Dickson Onuoha commended the Governor for always supporting the Association and also commended the present executive of Jos NBA for organizing the law week, saying the theme was apt considering the country’s problems which needed to be addressed through constitution review to reflect the realities of the day.
Also speaking the Plateau State Commissioner for Justice,ChrisantusAhmadu said “the country’s experience shows we have problems with the Constitution, therefore the need for its review, adding that, devolution of powers too needed to be addressed so as to reduce the enormous powers of the Federal Government for balancing it.
Guest speaker at the occasion, Professor HabuGaladima, represented by Dr.Nasirdeen Usman spoke extensively on legitimacy of the Constitution, saying there was need to review it, as its efficacy depends on its implementation and making it to work
There were good will messages from the Plateau State Chief Judge, JusticeYakubuDakwak, wife of late Justice Lazarus C Dakyen,the bar and the bench amongst others.
In a similar development, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has urged corp members deployed to the state to embrace the spirit of patriotism and commitment to nationhood.
Lalong threw the challenge during the formal opening and swearing-in ceremony of the 2019 Batch “C” stream two corp members deployed to Plateau State.
Our Correspondent reports the Batch “C” stream two corp members deployed to the state were 1366, comprising of 608 females and 758 males.
Gov. Lalong on arrival at the camp inspected a guard of honour mounted by the corp members.
Represented by his Deputy, Prof. SonniGwanleTyoden, the governor enjoined the corp members to shun all vices that would retard individual growth as well as their collective progress as a people.
The Governor further urged the corp members to take all activities of the orientation camp seriously, especially programmes designed to empower them with requisite skills and the vocation needed for economic independence during and after the service year.
Administering the Oath on the 1336 corp members, the Plateau State Chief Judge, Justice YakubuDakwak, represented by Justice GidaliaFwangyimureged them to related well with their host communities.
Plateau State Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corp, Caroline Embu said the organisation has put in place series of programmes and activities to last throughout the period of the orientation course to include military drills, Man ‘O’ War, training and lectures on skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development as well as sporting activities.
She told the corp members that life in the Orientation Camp was regimented, with rules and regulations guiding their conduct, while acts of indiscipline would punished accordingly, stressing that there were other platforms to motivate them in order to excel.
THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that the camp was expected to close on the 18th of December, 2019.