How Relevant Are the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy

Provisions akin to chapter II of the 1979 – 99 Constitutions are contained in the Indian Constitution. In State of Madras v. Champakam Dorairajin, the court stated as follows: of the State Policy which by  Article 37 are expressly made unenforceable by a  court cannot override the provisions found in part III which notwithstanding other provisions,…

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The Constitutional Provisions on Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy

Fundamental Obligations of Government: Both the Constitution (1979 and 1999) provide as follows: Section 13: Fundamental obligation of Government: It shall be the  duty and responsibility of all organs of government, and  of all authorities and persons, exercising legislative,  executive or judicial powers to conform to, observe and  apply the provisions of this Chapter of…

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Ministerial Responsibility- Separation of Powers

Ministerial responsibility means that all the ministers are collectively responsible to the elected parliament for the general policy of the administration. This responsibility is centred around the principle of accountability. Aihe and Oluyede quoted Chamberlain as describing collective  responsibility as:  absolute frankness in our private relations and full  discussions of all matters of common interest…

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Retrospective Legislation-Few Constitutional Concepts and The Position of Sovereignty in Nigeria

Retrospective legislation are offensive to the principles of social justice. They are inimical to progress and unwarranted in any progressive country. They should be discouraged and disallowed at all times. They look like a victimising trap to catch some political opponents and they are indeed unsuitable to any country that recognises the rule of law….

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Amendment or Alteration

No alterations or amendment of the provision of the constitution can be made, unless the procedure provided for in the constitution itself for such an alteration is complied with. It must be noted that such provisions are indeed cumbersome, very hard to overcome, special, and or they appear to be a syciphean task to overcome. …

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