The Tribunal’s rulings are not being enforced by the executive.
The Census Tribunal on Monday expressed concern over the non-enforcement of its judgements on census matters.
The Chairman of the Tribunal `A’, Abraham Yisa, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that some judgements of the tribunal since 1991 were yet to be enforced.
He said the non-enforcement of the tribunal’s judgements had negatively affected arbitration and even the conduct of the 2006 Census.
“Counsels do make judicial references to the previous unenforced decisions of the tribunal regarding the body and describe it as “a toothless bulldog.’’
He also flayed the situation where the tribunal painstakingly gave well thought-out judgements, “only for the executive arm of government to sweep such judgements under the carpet.’’
“Such actions have defeated the purpose for which the tribunal was set up for.
“The essence of the Census Tribunal as stipulated in Cap 67 of the National Population Act is to give credibility to census figures so that it can stand as international standard and in accordance with the law and best practices.
“Considering the provisions in the act establishing the tribunal, its judgements are of no effect if it gives an order and the order is not enforced,” it said.
Mr. Yisa said that the tribunal had realised that the National Population Commission (NPC) also made same mistakes the tribunal tried to correct in previous census because it failed to comply with the tribunal’s judgement.
“Such mistakes will not have been repeated if the decisions of the tribunal were enforced and ultimately achieving the purpose for which the tribunal was established for,” he said.
The chairman therefore called for prompt enforcement of the tribunal’s judgement, noting that “such judgements should be final’’.
He specifically cited the case of 1991 census where many areas were left out and the tribunal ordered for a recount, noting, however, that “because the tribunal’s judgement was not enforced, the NPC still left out those areas in the 2006 census.’’
He said that the non-enforcement of the previous judgement led to omission of the areas.
“The non-enforcement of the directives of the tribunal amounts to a waste of time, manpower and resources, among others,’’ he added.
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