ON A REGULAR CDS DAY (PART II)

So we got to see a first set of pictures a few days ago………….
Today, I’d upload a few more pictures for everyone to see.
Interestingly, we are rounding off in like what, 4 weeks?????? Yyyiiipppppppeeeeeeeee..
I so can’t wait for it to be over…. It’s been a year already…….. Needless to say, I will miss some people……
Lol, before I digress, here’s more pictures from a regular CDS day……..

So we says lawyers can't be funky??????

So who says lawyers can’t be funky??????

Here's more...........

Here’s more………..

Litigation family........

Litigation family……..

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And more..............

And more…………..

We’re also very “butter” like that……….

CDS Babbyyyyy........

CDS Babbyyyyy……..

So here we go for now……….
Watch this space for Part III..
Ciao!!!!!!

Anonymous…………

ON A REGULAR CDS DAY………

So I decided that for a change, let’s see pictures…..

So here is how a regular CDS Thursday goes…. (well, after all the serious stuff.)
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And another………….
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Hey, let’s take a picture……….

Blessed is he amongst women......

Blessed is he amongst women……

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Our newsletter designer and our super sexy, super efficient social media team head….

So here it ends for Part I. More pictures coming up later…….

Cheers…….

Anonymous…….

THE NIGERIAN YOUTH SERVICE CORPS SCHEME: RELEVANT OR NOT TO THE 21ST CENTURY NIGERIAN YOUTH

In recent times, there have been debates amongst Nigerian youths as to the continued relevance or otherwise of the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. While some are of the view that the scheme has outlived its usefulness and should be scrapped, others hold the opinion that it remains relevant. This article exposes the historical antecedent of the scheme and considers its continued relevance in the light of this debate. It also highlights some of the challenges facing the scheme and as well recommends strategies to adopt in making the programme more relevant to the present day Nigerian youth.
The Nigerian government established the National Youth Service Corps scheme in 1973 as a means of furthering national unity. The programme randomly deploys Nigerian Tertiary institution graduates (from both local and foreign institutions) for a compulsory one-year period of service to states in Nigeria.
The Service Year comprises of four (4) main segments in which every Corps Member must satisfactorily participate before he/she is qualified to be issued a certificate of National Service. They are:
• Orientation Courses
• Primary Assignment
• Community Development Service
• Winding – Up/Passing –out
The NYSC has its directorate headquarters in Abuja with state secretariats in all the 36 states of the federation. Regardless of the challenges faced by the scheme and encountered by the Nigerian youths undergoing it, there is no gainsaying the fact that the scheme has been and is still relevant to both youths and the nation.
The programme instils in youths selflessness and dedication to our dear nation. It also inculcates discipline in Nigerian youths by instilling in them a tradition of industry at work, and of patriotic and loyal service to Nigeria. It raises the moral tone of the Nigerian youth by presenting the opportunity to learn about higher ideals of national achievement, social and cultural improvement. It helps the Nigerian youth acquire the spirit of self reliance by encouraging them to develop skills for self employment. It contributes to the accelerated growth of the national economy and develops common ties among the Nigerian youths promoting national unity and integration.
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It removes prejudice, eliminates ignorance and confirms firsthand the many similarities among Nigerians of all ethnic groups. The scheme encourages Nigerian youths to eschew religious intolerance by accommodating religious differences. Members of the service corps are encouraged to seek at the end of their one year national service, career employment all over Nigeria, thus promoting the free movement of labor.

Employers are induced partly through their experience with members of the service corps to employ more readily and on a permanent basis, qualified Nigerians, irrespective of their States of origin.
One cannot help but pitch in the pride felt by corps members when fully geared and the preferential treatment received by corps members nationwide.
The NYSC scheme however suffers certain impediments including but not restricted to the following:
i. Ineffective monitoring and evaluation of corps members performances due to inadequate staff to corps member ratio;
ii. Underutilization or non utilization of corps members in their primary duty stations denying corps members the fulfillment of having garnered relevant and necessary experience in their respective fields;
iii. Organizational, logistic and attitudinal problems in the organization of Community Development Service on the part of both corps members and the communities;
iv. The number of university graduates sent to the scheme has multiplied geometrically over the years over 160 tertiary institutions in 2015 effectively stretching the resources of the scheme to almost breaking point and causing problem of management, coordination and organization, etc.
In addition, Insecurity, Lack of accommodation for corps members, Parental influence on postings of corps members, ethno-religious crisis, rejection of corps members by corps employers and non-availability of permanent orientation camps are also included in the challenges militating against the smooth operation of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the country.
There is need to emphasize that the NYSC scheme has come to stay. Despite shortcomings associated with the scheme, its relevance outweighs the limitations. This is evident in scores of social, economic and political activities it is involved in. For example corps members as well as staff are regularly invited to participate in sensitive national assignments such as the conduct of elections as was seen in the March/April 2015 elections.
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It is recommended that there be carried our regular research and diligent implementation of planned programs. This should be of top priority to the NYSC scheme. In addition, the security of corps members should be a priority of our government. Cases of individuals or groups who perpetrate extra judicial killing of corps members should be revisited and those involved in the ignoble act be brought to book.

Adequate funding should be made available to operators of the scheme to provide requisite logistics and facilities that can sustain the scheme. Where possible, government should entrench a mechanism to ascertain the capacity and needs of each state before corps members are posted to them. Corps members should be accorded due cooperation and direction to carry out quality community development projects which will complement government’s efforts. Adequate staff should be employed to monitor the welfare effectiveness and efficiency of corps members.

EJIMAIZU JOSEPHINE

NIGERIA’S CORRUPTION PROBLEM: A CRITIQUE

Research conducted over the last twenty years has shown a strong relationship between weak democracies and corruption. At the time of Nigeria’s political independence from Britain, Nigeria was known for her exports of agricultural cash products . During the oil boom in the 1970’s, Nigeria gained the interest of the international community as a result of her oil wealth. With a per capita income of about $1100 during the late 1970’s Nigeria was regarded as the fastest growing economy in sub-Saharan Africa. Since then however Nigeria has continually gained notoriety, no thanks the high level of corruption in the country. Nigeria has on many occasions been referred to as one of the most corrupt countries in the world by international monitoring organisations.

Today Nigeria ranks amongst the least developed countries in the world with a per capita income of less than $340. The consequence – an increase in crime rate and graduate unemployment. The issue of graduate unemployment is one which hits closer to home and prompts me to pose this question to the present crop of Corps Members: What plans do you have after NYSC?

Many of Nigeria’s problems can be traced, either directly or indirectly, to Nigeria’s oil wealth and the greed it feeds. There’s an old cliché which says that oil has been both a blessing and a curse to Nigeria. It is a blessing as it has paved easy access for Nigeria into the international capital market and has allowed the country to carry out large scale sector projects. On the flip side however, it has also opened up opportunities for corruption in various sectors of the economy. These in turn have changed the face of Nigerian politics and intensified ethnic rivalry, as access to and the manipulation of the governmental expenditure process has become the pathway to fortune.

Corruption exists in various sectors in Nigeria; from politics to government, the educational system, the health sector and even the economic/financial sector. Political corruption is the deviation of the public functions goals in one’s benefit. A veritable example is where an office holder, with utter disregard for the sanctity of the office, uses the office for personal financial or ethnic gain to the detriment of others. Acts of bribery, subversion of the public funds, nepotism, and cronyism among others have become the order of the day. The manifest display of god-fatherism in the Nigerian political system is also a problem that has made it nearly impossible for Nigerians in political offices to be held accountable. It is submitted that if political corruption can be reduced in Nigeria all other forms of corruption can be controlled.

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Our educational system has also been directly affected. Monies meant for the funding of schools are being diverted every day to private accounts by corrupt ministry officials. The Nigerian health sector is not left behind. Fake drugs are supplied to hospitals and are given to patients causing death or severe injury; hospital staff steal equipment’s; human life is now for sale as tales are rife of new-born babies stolen from their biological parents and sold to the highest bidders.

Most of these problems can however be traced to back to the central government where upper level government officials transfer funds meant for health sector development into their private accounts.

It has been averred by many that unless Nigeria comes to terms with corruption, short term, medium term, and even long term economic planning will be impossible. . . In a sector like the energy sector, the resources that have been dispensed are more than enough to fix the sector ten times over, but for the immense scale of corruption in Nigeria.

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In conclusion, it is submitted that immense responsibility rests on the new central and state governments in the struggle against corruption in Nigeria. It is recommended that whistle blowing in the public service be encouraged by legislative and administrative practices. The salary and benefits regime of lower and middle-class citizens be enhanced so that people can live by their wages. Public accountability mechanisms such as audits, monitoring and evaluation should be strengthened by making such mechanisms truly independent and adequately resourced.

There exists a great need to improve the observance and respect for the rule of law in the fight against corruption in Nigeria. In order for these innovations to be effective, they must be closely monitored. It then becomes necessary to pose the question: “Qui custodiet ipso custodies; who will guard the guardians?”

Let us purge ourselves of our individual corrupt tendencies, only then can we effectively proffer change on a national scale.

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  • BABATUNDE O. ONI (ESQ)

FUNDAMENTAL ANIMAL RIGHTS: ARE ALL ANIMALS EQUAL?

A caption in the Guardian Newspaper of Wednesday June 24, 2015, page 12 read-‘NSCDC arrests five for allegedly stealing and slaughtering goats’. It was reported that the suspects were arrested with 13 goats, 10 out of the goats were pregnant and one of them was in labor (emphasis supplied). Now, try to picture a legislation stipulating in its long title as follows: “AN ACT TO PREVENT THE USE OF ANIMALS FOR LABOUR, FOOD, CLOTH, EXPERIMENT, CAGING, MEDICINE OR OTHER PURPOSES DEGRADING OR ENDANGERING SAME”. George Orwell espoused in the classic “Animal Farm” the ‘inequality of animals’. This has become a cliché in the realm of advocacy for the inalienable, justiceable, immutable, non-derogable ‘Fundamental Human Rights’.

Now, let us consider substituting ‘Human’ for ‘Animal’. Repugnant? Absurd? Illegal? Well, we can have a cursory look at this by considering certain germane points, viz-

  • Animal versus human(for instance the fish in your pond)
  • Animal versus animal(your puppy suing your dog)
  • Enforcing rights of men and animal (Who acts as umpire; constituting a panel comprising animals and men?)
  • Enforcing rights of animal by animal (Will the Legal Aid Council be of help or will learned silks offer pro bono services?)

No gainsaying that law is amoral! However, stricto sensu, can we delineate justice from morality, especially when one considers trite principles. Succinctly, overtime, men have thoughtfully advocated the need for justice of man to man, as captured by Bernard Lenin, who pontificated- “Your fist’s freedom ends where my nose begins“.

In capturing the plight of animals in our world, one must consider the jurisdiction in question, since men have tamed ‘lower animals’ in developed nations, some locals in third world countries are still paying obeisance to deities as demi-gods or gods either in the form of sculpture, paintings, mummies or real being. Hence, the debate of who should bell the cat also comes to the fore when exploring a legal diagnosis of ‘lower animals’ (assuming but not conceding that humans have been properly categorized as higher animals) suppressing one another. Of course, some persons will rather spare the rat and lynch the cat (especially in communities wherein indigenous beliefs have unanimously pronounced the sentence-‘Spare Barabas’) to some endowed creatures, while in other places they are delicacies.

So, as an animal rights activist, can I boldly assert that ‘what is good for the goose is likewise endearing to the gander’, when I am putting on Armani jacket made of sheep wool on Italian shoes made of pure leopard skin? Consequently, if animals embark on a sojourn into the realm of poetry, their lines would go thus-

Who  sees  our  tears/When  in  our  yawn/They  make  their  lawn/Well  measured  for  years/Who  sees  our  wound/When  on  our  bruise/They  make  their  cruise/Dampening  our  little  world/Who  cares  for  our  morrow/When  like  the  biblical  herd/Have  we  no  shepherd/In  whose  tracks  to  follow…Who  will  punctuate these  questions/When   our  sore  hands  lazily  grease/This  arm-chair,  our  earth  at  ease/And  our  living  sole  licensed  portion.

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The legend, Chinua Achebe, sagaciously captured his musings when he aptly expressed – ‘Nothing puzzles God!’ If terrorists can incessantly shear humans like sheep, then why advocate for animal rights save for moral instruction classes, or for fear of being tagged a “speciecist” by anthropocentrists and conservationists?

Such a gesture would in effect be an exercise of sheer academic masturbation a and desperation to be hailed a ‘Senior Advocate of Animals?’ Of note, recently the U.S Supreme Court granted legal cloak to same-sex union. Similarly, Mozambique recently de-criminalized homosexuality and abortion. Flowing from this, it would only be astute to say that a discourse on animal rights would be ‘much ado about nothing’

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Mrs. Joy Bob Manuel of Legal Aid Council, Abuja on 29th October, 2013 during a lecture in response to a query as to the pricey cost of legal education said, ‘it does not pay in the long run to be a negative activist’. Similarly, the quest for justiceability of animal rights (like other legal queries, for instance: law against prostitution, legalization of abortion, abolition of death penalty, L.G.B.T rights, legalizing euthanasia), would defile any legal medication and remain a front burner issue.

Well, as C.S Lewis, Vivisection opines- ‘we may find it difficult to formulate a human right of tormenting beasts in terms which would not equally imply an angelic right of tormenting men’.

Michael O. Ogunjobi

Employment Bonds in Nigeria: Are they enforceable?

By Temisan Otis

As we draw nearer to the end of our service year and prepare to enter the world and work, it is important we become acquainted with the rigours of the business world and make sure we are able turn our day to day efforts at work into longstanding careers.

Training is an important business investment and like all investments, companies expect considerable returns. These returns are sometimes measured in terms of successful implementation of the new skills that actually reflect on business results in terms of quality and productivity.

The Employment Bond is basically an agreement which the company and the employee enter into which among the other terms contained therein, states that in consideration of the training given to the employee and the money spent by the company in imparting such training, the employee would remain in the services of the company for a particular length of time. For instance, if XYZ Limited employs me, and during the course of the employment, pays for me to undergo a training, whether in Nigeria or outside Nigeria, XYZ Limited may choose to draw up an agreement stating that in consideration of the training given to me, I would be bound to work for the company for say, seven years, before I would be legally permitted to accept employment with another organization.

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Delay In The Administration of Justice in the Nigerian Judicial System

Delay in the Administration of Justice in the Nigerian Judicial System

 by Rogba Payne // Derin Coker

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

Th’ oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

The insolence of office, and the spurns

That patient merit of th’ unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin?

  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare

The maxim ‘Justice delayed is Justice denied’ has long been a whip for the back of our administration of justice system here in Nigeria. The issue of delay is no new phenomenon in the legal profession; the Russians, the French and the Americans have all taken turns in writing tragedies and comedies on the administration of justice. However, irrespective of the antiquity of the problem, there can be no doubt that our system has taken the baton of delay and embarked on a marathon.

In our criminal justice system for example; Nigeria has capacity for around 20,000 inmates, yet our prisons are home to over 50,000 persons. Despite the staggering overpopulation of our prisons it is estimated that around 70% of our prisoners are still awaiting trial. It is not unheard of for inmates to die in the Nigerian prison system without ever being charged and what makes the problem evermore painful is that the majority of these people are imprisoned for minor offences.

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Thus, the problem of delay in justice in Nigeria is a great one. The justice system in its best form precludes private contention, supersedes resort to violence, circumvents self-redress; terminates dispute quietly and efficiently and sends down well reasoned, officially sanctioned and formally announced rules that will be applied evenly in our communities.

Unfortunately, our justice system has failed to live up to these ideals; there is a long list of reasons for the plague of delay in our justice system that includes both reasons of force majeure and human inefficiency.

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