Olisa Agbakoba recommends to National Conference Bill on Devolution of Powers in Nigeria

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN today recommended to the National Conference his Bill on Devolution of Powers titled, Constitution (4th Amendment, Devolution of Powers) Act 2011. Some of the devolved powers from the Federal to the States in the Bill include:

o    Arbitration
o    Trade commerce except external
o    Drivers license!!!
o    Bankruptcy
o    Insurance
o    Prisons
o    Evidence
o    Labour relations
o    Water resources
o    Pensions
o    Taxes except companies
o    Municipal Police
o    Judicial powers and court systems (except Supreme Court)
o    Electric power
o    Natural and mineral resources excluding petroleum and gas
o    Education – especially primary and secondary
o    Income security
o    Healthcare
o    Environment
o    Agriculture
o    Municipal affairs – local government, etc
o    Criminal law – except Federal
o    Inland waterways and Ports
o    Zonal Institutions
o    Economic development; e.g.
o    Niger Delta Development Commission
o    New Regional Appeals Court; e.g. South-West Appeals Court etc

Click here to view the Constitution (4th Amendment, Devolution of Powers) Bill 2011.

Press release: 22nd April 2014

Olisa Agbakoba vs. Attorney General of the Federation & National Assembly Suit No. FHC/L/CS/545/2014

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN (the Applicant) has filed a fundamental rights enforcement application against the Attorney General of the Federation and National Assembly at the Federal High Court, Lagos. The Applicants compliant is against the unconstitutional restriction and interference with his right to religious freedom and freedom from religious discrimination by the state through the Marriage Act and Matrimonial Causes Act contrary to Section 38 and 42 of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)

The gist of the Applicant's case is that:

  1. He is a Christian and so is entitled under the Constitution to conduct his marriage in accordance with Cannon law. But the state through the Marriage Act and Matrimonial Causes Act compels him to conduct a secular marriage contrary to his faith/belie
  2. The Applicant wants to like adherents of other faiths (for example African Traditional Religion and Islam) to resolve his marriage disputes in courts manned by persons knowledgeable in Cannon law but is compelled by the state through the Matrimonial Causes Act to use secular courts manned by persons with little or no knowledge of Cannon law.
  3. The Applicant believes this violates his right to religious freedom and freedom from religious discrimination.

 

No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.


Read/View the Applicant Court processes here

 


AGBAKOBA DECLINES FINANCIAL BENEFITS/REMUNERATION FROM NATIONAL CONFAB

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN has declined to accept any form of remuneration/financial benefits from the National Conference.

In a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation dated 18th March 2014, Mr. Agbakoba stated that he believes the National Conference is a call to service and an opportunity to chart a new course for the country.

See letter below


 18th March, 2014

Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, GCON

Secretary to the Government of the Federation

Excellency,

ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATION AS DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE

I write to accept my nomination as one of the 24 civil society delegates at the National Conference.

I believe the National Conference is a call to service and an opportunity to chart a new course for our country.  Regrettably, I will not be able to accept any form of remuneration/financial benefits from the Conference.

Sincerely,

Dr. Olisa Agbakoba SAN

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