Sebastian Hon, SAN (2nd left) receiving the award from representatives of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS) in Abuja, last Friday – (Jude Igbanoi – Thisday Newspaper)
Constitutional lawyer Mr. Sebastian Hon, SAN, has asked the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency dust-up reports of various National Conferences that have been organised in the country since independence.
According to Hon, SAN, the solution to most of the economic and structural problems currently bedevilling the nation, are already embedded as recommendations in past confab reports “that unfortunately have been left to gather dust in the archives”. He blamed the mounting agitation for the resurrection of the defunct Biafra Republic, on failure and lack of political will by past administrations, to implement already existing recommendations on how to move the nation forward. However; Hon, SAN, who spoke to journalists after he was conferred with, an award by National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, in Abuja on Friday; flayed the request by the Nigerian Senate, for the Executive arm of Government to forward the outcome of the 2014 National Conference to it as a Bill.
He said: “There is need for the Federal Government to not just look into the report of the 2014 confab, but into all the political and constitutional conferences that we have had in this country.
‘The Federal Government should’ dust all these reports and revisit them there should be political will and honesty to do this, because, if we continue playing die ostrich, we will continue nose-diving to levels that we will never1 recover. So the earlier we realise this, the better”.
The senior lawyer insisted that Senate could on its own, pick-up the last confab report, setup committees and evolve laws based on recommendations therein. He said it would be impossible for the Senate to make any headway with whatever copy of the 2014 National Confab the Presidency sends to it.
‘The report contains many recommendations, so how are you going to pass that into the law? What name are you going to call that law?
“If the Senate had said ok, we need the resolutions of the conference to enable us to enact legislation, not just one, and to also enable us amend the Constitution to achieve what we want to achieve, that would have been more understandable. Otherwise, I do not think that this general or ominubus request, is good for the Senate.
In any case, the Senate too can originate a bill based on that report. So why are they waiting for the Executive to do that?”
NANS President, Aruna Kadiri who was represented by the National Vice President, Shettima Umar, said the Association had at its 75th meeting in Owerri, agreed to honour the Benue State born senior lawyer with ‘NANS Epitome of Good Leadership Award’, “owing to his unending passion for education, youth development and societal transformation”.
Hon, in acceptance said, “I feel highly honoured to be recognised and given an award which you have described as first of its kind.
I now ask myself what have I really done to: merit this. I appreciate the gesture of NANS, having passed through the system myself”.