1999 CONSTITUTION AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA: AN ENQUIRY INTO THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE LOOPHOLES AND TROUBLE SPOTS

Stephen Chinedu Chioke, Ernest Ejiofor Ogbuanya, Nkemjika Kingsley Abasili, Precious Olumba, Chibuike Chris Umeokafor

Abstract


Right from the creation of Nigeria, there has been government at diverse levels. These governments did not exist in a vacuum. In this dimension, we had seen the existence of different constitutions from the Colonial Constitutions to Independence to Republican to Parliamentary to Presidential and then the recent adjudged Republican Constitution of 1999. These constitutions are not without its demerits and the 1999 Constitution is by no means an exception. It is against this backdrop that the problem of the study is to interrogate the demerits of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria vis-à-vis her public administration and their implications. Apart from this, the study focused on diagnosing the loopholes and trouble spots of the 1999 constitution and their implications on public administration. Exploratory research design was adopted by the researcher. Primary and secondary methods of exploratory research were employed. The primary method is based on the views of interviewees, while the secondary method comprises data gathered for the study through content analysis of secondary sources like 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, textbooks, journals and other relevant documents. The study discovered procedural and content based demerits of the 1999 Constitution. In conclusion, the herein examined procedural and content based demerits of the 1999 Constitution are inimical to the administration of federation. To address the loopholes and trouble spots, Nigeria should be fully patterned to conform to the nature of secular states, by withdrawing the constitutional backing that the constitution expressly accorded Islamic religion and its sharia courts.


Keywords


1999 Constitution, Public Administration, Loopholes/Trouble Spots, Sustainable development, Referendum.

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