Students’ Legislature orientates members

By Kehinde Ogunlade

The Law Students’ Society, of the University of Ilorin has held a 1st public Lecture and Legislative orientation for its principal members and officers on May 30, 2018 at the faculty of law, University of Ilorin. The event featured the unveiling of the Law Students’ Society Maze and award of certificates to the Students parliamentarian.

In his address, the Dean of Faculty of law, Prof. A.A Oba who was represented, by the Sub-Dean of Law Dr. (Mrs.) Abdulrasaq, said that the public lecture was a good development and initiative especially at this period of democratic dispensation. He thus commended the Students’ parliamentarian for their assiduous effort and urged them to be good ambassador.

In his address, the Speaker Law Students’ Society House of Representatives Rt. Hon. A.A Amadi, pointed out that Students Legislature should be heard and their view should be given priority in any event of national policy implementation and legislations that borders on welfare of Students in Nigeria.

He added that Students’ Legislature should be given an avenue in Nigeria such that they will form certain opinion that enhance education and promote good governance and democracy in Nigeria. He said that the 21st Legislative House of the Law Students’ Society met the Constitution of the house in a state of urgent need of attention and took advantage of it. He pointed out that the house has various bills currently in the legislative process of become a law.

While Speaking, the Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Dr. Ali Ahmad who was represented by the House Leader, Kwara State House of Assembly Hon. Hassan Oyeleke noted that the Students’ Parliamentarian must re-orientate their core value, render selfless service to humanity. He added that they must be model to people around them, look for value and have a very strong vibrant union with their age group.

Also, Speaking on the legislative process in Nigeria, Dr. Sambo a Lecture in the department of Public Law said that legislative process in Nigeria is vested in the National Assembly and House of Assembly of a State by virtue of Section 4 & 6 of the 1999 Constitution as amended respectively.

He pointed out that there are however limitations to the law making powers of the National Assembly. This include that the National Assembly cannot make law to have retrospective effect in a democratic dispensation, cannot make law to target an individual and cannot make law to oust the jurisdiction of the court.

He said that there are two types of bills, executive and private bills. The constitutional lawyer discussed the various legislative process of law making which are the first reading, second reading, committee stage etc. He added that the legislature cannot perform duty outside the scope of their functions in the constitution and if the oversight functions of the legislature is use well Nigeria will be a better country.

While giving his vote of thanks the Deputy Speaker Hon. AbdulKareem Abdulhamid expressed gratitude to the Dean of law, Prof A.A Oba, distinguished invited lecturers and the Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad. He also expressed gratitude to Students’ Parliamentarian Present. The event was well attended by the Dean of law, Prof A.A Oba, Dr. Sambo a Lecture in the department of Public Law and Dr. Imam Tamin of the department of Islamic law. Others include Rt. Hon. Ali Ahmad as well as principal members and officers of the house.