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Published On: Fri, Sep 4th, 2020

Constitution Review: Ortom advocates Parliament system of Government

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From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has advocated for parliamentary system of governance, noting that it provides opportunities for power sharing.
The Governor stated this yesterday at Government House, Makurdi during the inauguration of the committee to prepare Benue State’s submission to the National Assembly Committee for the review of the 1999 constitution.
He said the Parliamentary system of government will enable smaller parties to participate in governance to the extent.of their electoral performance, adding that it is also, more accountable as it provides for regular interface between the leaders of the Executive and the representatives of the people as well as it is Co sidebar less complex.
Governor Ortom decried the current practice in which the Federal Government has constitutional powers in nearly 100 percent performance while the States and local government areas are only able to function in 30 percent or less of these areas as a ‘distortion of the spirit and practice of Federalism.
“”We need a constitution to set out a system where the various tiers of government can simultaneously engage in the types of relationship that are common to all functional Federalism by specifying the areas in which the tiers have autonomy, areas in which they need to cooperate, areas where the relationship is supervisory and areas where power is shared.
“To further strengthen the Rule of Law and promote accountability, we need to separate the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation from that of the Hon. Minister of the Justice. Also, separate the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation from that of the Accountant – General of the Federal Government (and similarly for the office of the Auditor – General).
“We need to establish a Constitutional Court to support the Supreme Court in settling disputes between the levels of Government as a court of first and last resort
Furthermore, we will.need an Inter-Governmental Relations Council with a mandate to undertake the task set above”, Ortom suggested.

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