20th July, 2011
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a Commissioner-designate in Ogun state, Wemimo Adepoju Revell Ogunde has described the attitude of buying the countryâ€™s passed laws in traffic across the country as scandalous.
Ogunde, who spoke with our correspondent shortly after appearing before the Ogun State House of Assembly where he was screened alongside 16 others for appointment as commissioner, lamented that the development could be traced to the inability of the government at the centre to have the passed laws gazetted appropirately.
He cited the amended 1999 Constitution as an example, declaring that, â€œas I speak with you, the amended Nigerian Constitution has not been gazetted yet. That is the truth on the state of the amendment 1999 Constitution.”
Asked where does that leave the nation, Ogunde, the eldest son of cultural icon and renowned artiste, the late Hubert Ogunde, said without mincing words: â€œit is dangerous. It is a dangerous position for the country we call Nigeria.
â€œAs I speak to you now, it is not gazetted. If you want to have our constitutional amendment, and all you have is a pamphlet which a local printer had gone to reproduced and make available in the traffic, it is that bad. I believe that it has gotten to a point where even the government printer is not printing these laws unless someone goes there and ‘wakes them up’. And if that is the position we are in Nigeria, where our laws are only available in the traffic, then it is scandalous.”
He stressed that â€œlaws are made to be published and made public by the federal, state or local governments. Any law that is not gazetted is not law and this is dangerous for the country we all call Nigeria.â€
Ogunde while responding to a question during the screening, observed that â€œthe inability to have laws gazetted had largely attributed to the flagrant disobedience of court rulings,” assuring that â€œif I am confirmed as the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, I will ensure that all our laws are gazetted for public use.â€
He pointed out that, “laws, which fall in this category, are not laws in any competent court. They cannot be interpreted by any lawyer and taken as a serious public document.â€
By Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta