The member representing Ondo west/Ondo East Federal Constituency in the house of Representatives, Dr. Joseph Akinlaja. Who also doubles as the chairman of the house committee on petroleum downstream, has identified ‘Bigmanism’ as a major problem of law enforcement under the Buhari led federal government in Nigeria.
He said this on Sunday, while responding to questions on how to bridge the gap between lawmaking in the National Assembly & implementation during a program, ‘face to face’, on Orange 94.5 fm.
Akinlaja, who blamed the attitude of the executive arm of government for its failure to implement laws, defined the term ‘bigmanism’ as how much of the law a man can violate without been punished, adding that the legislators can only make laws, but can not enforce.
He sited several examples of cases where the national assembly have passed resolutions of sanctions on individuals without implementation, adding that it is an encouragement of indiscipline in the country.
‘The Senate in their wisdom, said the comptroller of custom must appear before the house in Uniform, he reused to appear in Uniform, they passed a resolution on sanction him. Is he still wearing Uniform now?’
‘When somebody does it with impunity and goes scot free, it is an encouragement of indiscipline, because the other person will make it reference points’
He concluded by advising the executive arm of government to work with the legislature to enforce laws for the betterment of the people.