The Executive’s Emergency Powers Bill. Really?

Omolulu Ogunmade reports in ThisDay that President Muhammadu Buhari and the Executive branch of Government seek to secure emergency powers aimed at addressing Nigeria’s economic crisis.

The Bill entitled, ‘Emergency Economy Stabilization Bill, 2016’, according to the report, will be sent to the National Assembly after resumption by the National Assembly from its summer vacation.

The objectives of the Bill include shoring up the value of the Naira; job creation; boosting foreign exchange reserves; reviving the manufacturing sector and improving power supply.

According to the report, the Bill is the initiative of the economic team, headed by the vice-president, which has the responsibility of reviewing various policies in the country and their effect on the recovery of the economy.

Apparently, the rationale behind the Bill is to ensure that the Executive arm of government be enthroned with the powers to take some drastic decisions not currently provided for by extant laws.

The Bill, inter alia, seeks to give the president sweeping powers to set aside extant laws and use executive orders to roll out an economic recovery package within the next year to:

  • abridge the procurement process with a view to guaranteeing stimulus spending on critical sectors of the economy;

  • make orders to favour local contractors/suppliers in the award of contracts;

  • abridge the process of sale and lease of government assets to generate revenue and allow virement of budgetary allocations to projects that are urgent without recourse to the National Assembly;

  • amend certain laws such as the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Act so that states that cannot access their cash trapped in the account of the UBEC as a result of their failure to meet a counterpart funding, can do;

  • reform visa issuance at Nigeria’s consular offices and on entry into Nigeria and to compel some agencies of government, like the Corporate Affairs Commission, the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and others to improve on their turn around operation time for the benefit of business.

The extant procurement laws in Nigeria allows the award of a contract six months after the decision. This is because of the requirement for mandatory advertisement of the contract for six weeks.

The draft Bill also intends to ease the cumbersome and long procedure for the sale or lease of government assets to raise cash.

About N58 Billion is trapped in the UBEC’s coffers. Consequently, states cannot access the funds as a result of the requirement that the states provide 50% counterpart funding. The Executive is seeking an amendment to the law so that states will pay only 10% as counterpart funding. The Bill also seeks to increase the mobilization fee to contracts from a minimum of 15% to 50% of the contract sum.

In addition to the above, the consular offices will be expected to make visas available within 48hours and visitors, especially tourists, who intend to pick up visas at the entry point, will be able to do so. The Bill also seeks to eliminate the duplication of agencies screening incoming passengers into Nigeria.

Undoubtedly, the challenges identified and sought to be resolved by the Bill are real and worrisome. While the intent behind the Bill is commendable, the Bill itself undermines the very basis of our alleged democratic government. Hence, the public outcry of the members of the National Assembly can, on this occasion, be understandable.

The better approach would be to achieve the object of the Bill by either amending the various laws (such as the Immigration Act, Appropriation Act etc)  responsible for the red-tape and bureaucracy  or pass an Executive Order within the limits of the law or adopt some of the measures suggested in Proshare to wit:

  • Laws and measures dealing with the bureaucracy and red tape as seen in Bill Clinton’s government adoption of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government and more recently, India.

  • Changes in laws and trade/procurement agreements;

  • Changes in use of budgeted funds, .i.e appropriation amendments;

  • Policy changes done via trade, tariff and tax adjustment.

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Protecting your ideas from Imposters and Competition: An Eaz(s)yhire Case Study

Hello,

Its being a long time…i will try to post more regularly here…..

Here is a post published in TechPoint…for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

According to the original article, the founder of Eazyhire alleged that Easyhire adopted his idea (i.e. to provide a platform that allows anyone to rent, lease or hire anything as long as the object of the rent, lease or hire is legal), employed a similar colour scheme in the design of its website, motto, Facebook and Twitter tagline. Apparently, the only difference between both brands is the replacement of the word, ‘z’ with the word ‘s’ in the name of both brands. The above scenario demonstrates the need for companies, particularly startups seeking to build a brand in their chosen industry, to take the necessary legal steps to protect their intellectual property and consequently, their brand.

Without dwelling on the legal ramifications or moral repercussions of the allegations of the founder of Eazyhire, the article attempts to explore the legal issues that could arise from the above scenario.

Enjoy!!!

15 Words You Need to Eliminate From Your Vocabulary

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Newsprint is on life support, emojis are multiplying faster than hungry Gremlins, and 300 million people worldwide strive to make their point in 140 or fewer characters.

People don’t have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary. You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here’s a list of words to eliminate to help you write more succinctly.

1. That

It’s superfluous most of the time. Open any document you’ve got drafted on your desktop, and find a sentence with that in it. Read it out loud. Now read it again without that. If the sentence works without it, delete it. Also? Don’t use that when you refer to people. “I have several friends that live in the neighborhood.” No. No, you don’t. You have friends who. Not friends that.

2. Went

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18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

its being said that emotional intelligence is more important to employers than academic intelligence….something to chew on….

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When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.

Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.

Despite the significance of EQ, its intangible nature makes it difficult to measure and to know what to do to improve it if you’re lacking. You can…

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27 Pre-Written Templates for Your Toughest Work Emails

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This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with email—a number that is surely rising. And that doesn’t even take into account the stress involved in figuring out how to convey a potentially difficult message, like asking for help, saying no, or admitting you messed up.

To help make the most of your time and energy, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite scripts and templates for making email (and a few other things, like that pesky LinkedIn recommendation you need to write) much easier and less time consuming. Whether you’re job searching, networking, dealing with day-to-day work communications, or trying to be a better manager, find your situation below, tweak the template to your…

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DSS Parades Kidnappers in NIgeria

The Department of State Security (DSS) has apprehended the kidnappers of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Uncle…..Read the Story Here

Maybe my perception of this information is skewed…that is not to say that I am not glad that the DSS apprehended the alleged kidnappers.

However, the ages of the alleged kidnappers caught and held my attention more profoundly than the information the story sought to communicate (i.e. the alleged kidnappers of the POTFREN have been apprehended).

The alleged kidnappers, who were paraded at the DSS headquarters in Abuja, comprised

a 400-level student, Eldred Jonah, aged 30;
Raphael Inengesi, 32;
Ibeabuchi Inya, 29;
Oreva Abridi, 29;
Tammy Agbai, 29;
a traditional doctor, Felix Onuoh, 48.

The DSS also paraded another set of suspects allegedly involved in the abduction of two sisters – Ejura and Unekwu Opaluwa – at Karmo, Abuja on June 8.

The suspects are

Oyemire Asagba, 29;
Sunday Attah, 30;
Zacheaus Salami, 30;
Victor Bassey, 32;
Sani Mohammed, 23; and
Aragba Ademo, 33

Others include

Ojo Gambo, 22;
Haruna Asama, 38;
Dikko Iko, 22; and
Mohammed Adamu, 20.

To my mind we should be very concerned that Nigeria’s young adults are resorting to criminal activities to make ends meet. The POTFREN and indeed all Nigerians (particularly politicians, Nigerians in the diaspora and other influential Nigerians who seem to be the target of these kidnappings) should work together to solve the problem of unemployment and/or resource curse.

What do you think?