Fmr Minister underscores the need for total separation of power among arms of govt
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on October 2, 2019
Director General of National Institute for Legislatives and Democratic Studies, Professor Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman has underscored the need for total separation of power among the arms of government to guarantee efficiency in governance.
Professor Suleiman said this while featuring on the Independence Anniversary Public Lecture of the 2019 Press Week committee of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, held at the NUJ Press centre.
He described the topic of the public lecture ” Ensuring True Separation of Power between Legislatures and Executive: The roles of of National Institute for legislative and democratic studies” as apt and timely with the fact that the country had experienced twenty years of uninterrupted democracy.
Professor Suleiman who is a Former Minister of National Planning, explained that Nigeria’s constitution does not advocate for total separation of power.
The Director General however said that true separation of power would promote harmony in government and ensure efficiency.
Professor Sulaiman, however absolved members of political class as being responsible for pervasive corruption in public offices, saying that the the citizens should rather be blamed because of their overwhelming expectations and unrealistic demands from the politicians upon assumption of offices.
The former minister, said there was no basis to expect public office holders to start handing out cash upon appointment, pointing that it could tempt them to indulge in unwholesome practices.
The Director General of NILDS advocated a constructive relationship among the three arms of government to uphold the constitution and the rule of law.
Professor Suleiman, however, challenged the legislative arm to strengthen its oversight function according of the constitutional provision in order not to be perceived as a mere appendage of the executive.
“It is widely recognised that good national governance depends upon the main state institutions working cooperatively. A constructive relationship between the arms of government is essential to effectively maintain the constitution and the rule of law.
“Timely consultations between all stakeholders can play a significant role in avoiding gridlocks, improving understanding and delivering development to the people”, NILDS Director General said.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Kwara State Council of NUJ, Mr Umar Abdulwahab, said the event was organized to interact with those in the helm of affairs at various institutions of government and private sector.
He noted that the objective of the forum was to bridge the existing gap between the institute, media professionals and members of the public with a view to promoting good governance.
Written By Mahmood Olayinka Alaya