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Volume 7, Issue 4, 2007
Author M.A. OwoadeSource: The Constitution 7, pp 1 –19 (2007)More Less
The paper presents the attitude of the Courts to impeachment cases as ""old wine in new bottles"" as what is new to the legal scenery is the challenge posed in between procedural breaches vs, ouster clauses. The paper argues that the courts reacted satisfactorily by a liberal, progressive and purposeful interpretation of the Constitution and concludes that the consequence has been increased confidence of Nigeria in the judiciary.
Author Ayo AkinbobolaSource: The Constitution 7, pp 20 –42 (2007)More Less
This paper examines the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and its relevance or otherwise for sub-Saharan Africa region. Given the fact that AGOA is a useful tool of trade and investment on the part of the United States, the paper argues that the policy frame-work is capable of not only stimulating growth and development of the sub-region but also supporting the democratisation process by increasing the prosperity of the citizenry. Using the theoretical purview of the communication theory, the paper perceives the volume of trans-continental trade between sub-Saharan Africa and the United States as an index of ""transsactionalism"". It argues that the higher the index of transnational ""transactionalism"" between each subscribing sub-Saharan African country and the United States, the healthier the relationship vice-versa. Using both Nigeria and South Africa as analytical variables, the paper contends that the stronger the industrial and manufacturing base of a country that is participating in the programme, the better the benefits it will receive through AGOA. It concludes that given the specific reality of the economies of sub-Saharan Africa, the region stands to gain from the opportunities that AGOA avails.
Author Eskor ToyoSource: The Constitution 7, pp 43 –64 (2007)More Less
This article rethinks capitalism in the context of capitalist globalisation and the consequent scholarly misrepresentation of the essential features of this economic category. By means of an in depth reflection on the specificity of capitalism, the article argues that capitalism means more than the facile definition of it as market economy. It is a mode of production with contradictory dynamics which define its essentiality. The article concludes that beyond a prejudiced interpretation of economic reality by neoliberal thinkers, science can further humanity's appreciation of reality in ways that are redemptive.
Author Ediomo-ubong E. NelsonSource: The Constitution 7, pp 65 –75 (2007)More Less
While existing literature has documented broad dimensions of the issues affecting women in Nigeria, few writings exist on the issue of widowhood and its impacts on the life of women. Widowhood issues have tended to be marginalised and pushed to the fringes of contemporary women study. Against this background, this paper examines widowhood experience in Nigeria within the overarching context of women s marginal position in the society. Leaning on intersectionality as a theoretic device, the paper contends that the discriminatory treatment of widows in many Nigerian communities constitutes the apogee of womens continuing subordination and oppression in the society. The poor condition of widows is due to the intersection of gender roles and relations, patriarchal inheritance systems, socio-economic status and cultural norms regarding marriage. Traditional widowhood rites and their impacts upon the widow and their children as well as past and current efforts to mitigate them are examined. In conclusion, the paper made suggestions for policy and action on widowhood issues in Nigeria.