Following the recent order suspending the provision of 774,000 jobs by the National Assembly (NASS), a group, Voters Awareness Initiative (VAI), has asked the lawmakers to adhere to the principle of separation of powers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the provision of the 774,000 jobs was an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity.
The VAI, in a statement issued on Thursday by its President, Mr Wale Ogunade, described the order suspending the selection process for the jobs as “anti-people.”
“It is a negation of the principle of Separation of Power as entrenched in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The drafters of the 1999 Constitution were clear headed when they conferred on the National Assembly powers to oversight activities of the executive arm of government.
“However, that power do not in any way accord the legislature power to usurp the function of any of the two arms of government.
“The so called “order” issued by NASS suspending the process is tantamount to over-reaching themselves which is capable of undermining the democratic process.
“Sections 4, 5 and 6 of the 1999 Constitution as amended clearly define the scope and powers of each of the Arms of Government,” the group said.
According to VAI, the legislature can only interrogate actions of the executive and not order or direct the executive as to how governance is conducted.
“Their action is a blithering assault on the provisions of Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution which guarantees right to life for every Nigerian.
“We believe that the legislators should have otherwise be elated that such initiative, aimed reducing the number of teaming unemployed youths, would enjoy their unparalleled support,” the statement said.
The group said that though Section 88 of the 1999 Constitution gave the National Assembly powers to exercise oversight functions over the act and conduct of the Executive, subsection 2 of the Section 88 provides that this power can only be exercised if there are issues of corruption, mismanagement or politics.
The VAI called on the NASS to study the provisions of the Constitution which they swore to abide by because the provision of jobs for the country’s unemployed was essential.
“This project is long overdue and any attempt to stall it will be tantamount to an attempt to kill the Nigerian people, who are already pauperized by the effect of COVID-19,” the group said.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
No fewer than 4,340 adolescents graduated from Sexual and Reproductive Health training conducted by an NGO, `Save the Children International’ (SCI),in Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara state.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the training was conducted under the Non-Governmental Organisation’s `Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to Make Informed Choices for their Health’ (REACH) project.
The Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator of REACH project in the state, Hajiya Fatima Musa, disclosed this on Friday at the safe space field visit at Kuryar Madaro Community.
According to her, the REACH is a three year project funded by Global Affairs, Canada, implemented by the Save the Children International in three northern states.
She said the project targets 100,000 adolescent boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 19 in Zamfara, Katsina and Gombe states.
“In Zamfara, two local government areas of Kaura-Namoda and Talata-Mafara were selected for the project, targeting over 33,000 adolescents.
“Out of over 16,000 married and unmarried males and females covering 10 to 14 and 15 to 19 years in Kaura-Namoda local government area, a total of 4,340 adolescent boys and girls have so far graduated from the programme.
“This project is expected to improve decision making, access of high quality gender-responsive and adolescent-friendly SCI services as well as addressing sexual and reproductive health risks among others,’’ she said.
She commended the implementing partners, the Voluntary Aid Initiative (VAI) and other stakeholders for supporting the project in the state.
Head of VAI, Mr Musa Aboki thanked the beneficiaries for proving the positive impact of the programme especially in terms of hygiene, parent-children relations, education and taking informed decisions.
Aboki called on government at all levels to appreciate efforts of SCI and intervene for the continuation of similar engagements across the state.
Muhammad said the programme has promoted the wellbeing of the entire community and called on government and other stakeholders, to come up with various programmes to support the girl-child education.
“I am also appealing to government to engage female graduates into the state civil service to address most of the development challenges bedeviling our progress as a state,’’ he said.
The traditional ruler assured of continued support and cooperation to any partner with a mission of helping the society.
Various stakeholders including government officials, religious and traditional leaders, media, CSOs, children’s parliament and community representatives were in attendance during the visit.
Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Tukur Muntari.