'THIS-HARMONY' BETWEEN THE LAW STUDENTS REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL AND THE LAW STUDENTS EXECUTIVE VIS-A-VIS THE NON-CONFIRMATION OF STATUTORY COMMITTEES


By Taiwo Balogun

The doctrines of separation of powers and check and balance are universally accepted practices, that pervade every democratic setting in the world. The reasons  for these principles are not far-fetched as it reduce workload , and by large, curb arbitrariness and ensure that the letters and spirit of the law is duly followed. These doctrines have also find its root in minor organizations that observe the tenets of democracy. The Law Students Society (hereinafter referred to as LSS), an organization under the faculty of Law, Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko, indubitably, is a fraction of organizations in the university, and like its other counterparts, upholds the tenet of democracy. However, this noble society is in every sphere unique to others. It is an organization that breeds legal practitioner as against others, and it is this knowledge of the law that makes the society a pacesetter for others governmentally.

But presently, the society is no different from other layman organizations. Perhaps, this is caused by our ignorance of the law, but we all know that ignorantia iuris non excusat (ignorance of the law does not excuse).

It is on this premises the present writer shall make known the  apparent relationship between the Law Students representative Council (hereinafter referred to as LSRC) and Law student society executive (hereinafter referred to as LSSE) which led to the non confirmation of statutory committees as guaranteed under the Constitution of the Law Student SOCIETY, 2010 (hereinafter referred to as CLSS) the fulcrum of this discuss.
The CLSS by virtue of article 5, section 11 (1-9) provides for the various statutory committees for the society. However, contrary to the general belief, the LSRC only has the power to approve three (3) committees to wit, academic, publication and fundraising committee. This assertion is made pursuant to the provisions of section 11 subsections 2, 3 and 6 respectively. Albeit, the constitution leaves more to be desired by these subsections.

The import or essence of a committee cannot be overemphasized in an administration. Because like its counterparts in a larger setting to wit, Commissioners and Ministers, is quintessential to the functionality and effectiveness of an administration. Now, the poser that readily comes to fore is why would a legal society not have a committee as enshrined in the constitution? Apart from the lacuna in the CLSS as to the time of approval or ratification, there's no impediment against the constitution (valid) of these statutory committees. It will even interest you to know that previous administrations (comprised of the LSRC and LSSE) have always treated the issue of statutory committees as a matter of expediency.
And there lies the question that has been budding the mind of an average conscious  LSSite, where's our committees? Even the body of justice is not exempted from this melting point issue, albeit, the body of justice is not in the scope of this write up.

There have been arguments from both sides, each trading blames as to the reason LSS as at now, does not have a statutory committee. The LSRC has continuously indict the the LSSE for its lackadaisical attitude in re-presenting nominees after the House rejected some nominees on the first list. The LSSE on the other hand, rebutted this claim, stating that it has done the needful, and that it is the House that is deliberately frustrating its efforts.

Be that as it may, this development can only mean one thing, the chord of harmony between the two arms is all but thick. If adequate care is not taken, little is what we be achieved by this administration. It is vexing that at this crucial stage of an administration, we are still engaging in slugfest of committee appointment. LSSites can each take a bowl of popcorn and chill water because the new constitution draft cannot be deliberated upon soonest, let alone presented at the congress.

In sum, the two arms should resolve whatever rift they have for the sake of progress as it is better late than never. Also, it is my humble admonition that the executive should try its best to familiarize itself with the constitution instead of playing into the hands of the legislators, and I strongly believe that's why we have the office of the Attorney General in the society. The LSRC should on their part act swiftly but prudently in ratifying the committees because the executive burden can be herculean.

Taiwo Balogun is an associate editor of Legal Kekenke, AAUA

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