Publisher: University of Calabar

Approaches and Effects of Administrative Law In Nigerian Political and Administrative Setting

Lily N. Ozumba
KEYWORDS: APPROACHES AND EFFECTS OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW IN NIGERIAN POLITICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SETTING

ABSTRACT:

This paper has to do with an attempt to understand the place of Administrative law in the political, social and Administrative settings. We have tried to capture the importance of having laws put in place for effective maintenance of law and order in the world of work and in governance in general. The general conventional wisdom is that educated Administrators always know what to do. The sad story is that liberty and freedom to exercise administrative power have often led to administrative vices like impunity, oppression, victimization and so on. It is therefore needful to put in place administrative laws to provide checks and balances in the administrative setting and to stipulate remedies for those who become victims of executive or administrative high handedness and misrule. The need for laws oversight role in the administrative setting is stressed in this paper. We have also tried to express how the regulatory role of laws will enhance workers' welfare thereby impacting on their general productivity and efficiency. We however noted with dismay that the public complaints commission is not playing its statutory role due to lack of publicity of functions and the politicization of its operations. Our conclusion is that all efforts should be geared towards the optimization of Administrative laws in order to enhance greater harmony and efficiency in all tiers of government in all the sectors of our economy.



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