A university teacher, Dr. Ken Nweke has called on Nigerian politicians to learn from what happened in the United States of America (USA) over the acquittal of President Donald Trump and begin to respect her institutions.
Nweke, who is an associate Professor of Political Science at the Ignatus Ajuru University of Education stated this in a chat with newsmen while reacting to the recent impeachment trial of President Trump and his subsequent discharge and acquittal by the US Senate.
The university don said the scenario that played out in that country leading to Trump’s acquittal shows that democracy is transparent in the United States and a demonstration that America is a leader in democracy.
Dr. Nweke therefore praised the strong institutions in the United States for the supremacy over the interest of individuals.
According to him, “Of course the discharge and acquittal of President Donald Trump of the United States of America over abuse, gross misconduct, and the like and subsequent impeachment planned on him by the lower House of the United States of America can be described as institution, government at work.
“For me what has just happened in the United States of America by the decision of the Senate of that glorious state is one that can be said to be a leading decision or one decision too many that has saved the hard earned democracy that the US has built over time.”
He further said if the same scenario had played out in Nigeria there would have been lots of rancour and bitterness, while urging politicians in Nigeria to learn and respect institutions.
“What you would heard in Nigeria, you know if it had happened here is a situation where the executive arm of government has become too powerful that even if it is a House that is dominated by a particular political party against what the executive arm of government is, you would have seen a lot of rancour and bitterness, complaints, you know from all quarters.
“So it is important that our politicians should learn from what has happened in the United States and begin to respect our institutions,” he stated.
Bayelsa Assembly Committee on Environment To Curb Unlawful Sand Dredging Activities.
With various complaints and pettitions by communities impacted by the activities of illegal sand dredging and mining in the Bayelsa State, the state House of Assembly has organised a public hearing on a bill to regulate the operations of sand dredging to ensure that the environment is not adversely impacted on.
The bill tagged ” Regulation of Sand Dealing and Dredging Operations Bill 2019″ according to the House Committee on Environment is aimed at gathering inputs from experts, technocrats and the public in order to formulate a people-friendly bill that will serve the best interest of Bayelsans.
The House Committee Chairman on Environment and member representing Nembe Constituency one, Hon. Ebi Ben Ololo noted that the public hearing became necessary on the need to remediate the environment and tackle the challenges posed by sand dredging operations in the state.
” The importance of this bill cannot be overemphasized because it can save lives. You are aware a number of times so many communities and their representatives have sent pettitions to this House, specifically the Chairman House Committee on Environment as per the environmental degradation that has taken place as regards the illegal sand dealing and dredging activities in various communities all around the state”, he said.
“With those number of complains and pettitions we thought it wise to put up a bill to take care of those issues. Most important thing is that we all know that public hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary Committees obtain information, deal with the information obtained and also exchange views with experts and the public so as to fine-tune whatever bill there is for the public hearing to come up with a top class bill that will be people- friendly and also save lives of the people in Bayelsa”, he added.
” Lots of suggestions, contributions, opinions and interactions have been made as regards this very important bill, like we have assured the representatives of the various groups that we will go back in our committee, look at those very important areas where they have suggested and also fine tune the bill. So that in no distant time we will come up with a very formidable bill that will stand the test of time. That the people will benefit from”, Ololo reassured.
He lauded participants for their insightful contributions and opinions during the public hearing, promising that the Committee would do justice to come up with a bill that would meet the expectations of Bayelsans.
In her contribution, House Chief Whip and member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2, Hon. Ebiowu Koku Obiyai lamented the deliberate connivance between communities and the sand dealers, warning that if nothing is done to regulate the activities of sand dredgers Bayelsa communities will be eroded away.
The House Whip also expressed concerns on the activities of companies carrying out dredging business near bridges and sued a delibrate efforts by all in order to save the bridges from collapse.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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