What is Orderliness?

Orderliness simply means a situation whereby citizens do things right in obedience to the rules and regulations of the society. It also means conformity with the rules and regulations of the land.

Constituted authority is a lawful and constitutional power given to an individual or groups to govern a particular place, town, locality, state and federal government. A person who exercises authority is said to be a person with lawful, legal and constitutional power. A constituted authority is therefore the rights and powers derived from the constitution which is legal and lawful.


Examples of Orderliness

Orderliness starts from good leadership. Hence, leaders are to show good examples of orderliness in the society like:

  1. Obedience to constituted authority: It’s easier for a leader to lead and mentor citizens when they do so by obeying constituted authority. For instance, if a government official obeys the traffic light, he is setting a good example to the public.
  2. Upholding the Rule of Law in all matters: Orderliness is maintained when people do not attempt to thwart the course of justice. The idea that some people are more important than others when it comes to upholding the rule of law should be eliminated.
  3. Showing good examples: Setting good examples like not shunting or jumping queue, not giving or taking bribe, obeying traffic rules and regulations, helping the motherless or the less privileged etc.
  4. Peaceful Protest: Citizens or people will want to react when they are dissatisfied with policies within an organization or that of government. However, organizing peaceful protests is still within the confines of the law and so a good example of orderliness. Riots and violent protests must be avoided in other to preserve life and vandalization of public properties.
  5. Correcting the younger ones patiently: Oftentimes, children or youths who are the leaders of tomorrow are corrected in a harsh manner which can result to abuse of such child. Parents and teachers can correct youths in a patient and understanding manner.
  6. Portraying lofty values: honesty, hardwork, patience, discipline, kindness etc.


Types of Constituted Authority

Constituted authority emanates from different forms and types. They include:

  1. The family level: Father and mother are in the position of authority.
  2. At the town level: We have the Oba, Emir, Eze, Obi, Sultan e.t.c in the position of authority.
  3. At the school levels: We have the headmasters, principals, vice chancellors,rectors, teachers, lecturers etc. in the position of authority.
  4. At the local government level: Local government Chairmen and the Counselors in the position of authority.
  5. At the state levels: The state governors, the law-makers etc. are at the helm of affairs.
  6. At the federal level: We have the President, Vice President, Senators, and members of House of Representatives in the position of authority.
  7. All the agents of judiciary are good examples of constituted authority. For example, The Attorney General, judges, justice, lawyer etc.
  8. The military and the paramilitary are also in the position of authority. For example, the Policemen, the Navy, the Army/ Soldiers, the Air force, and other paramilitary such as: Civil Defence Corps, Immigration Officers and Customs etc. exercise authority at different levels.


Roles of Orderliness in the Society

  1. Orderliness breeds good leadership and followership.
  2. Orderliness brings about discipline among citizens.
  3. Orderliness ensures good governance.
  4. Orderliness breeds discipline in the society.
  5. Orderliness encourages balanced distribution of resources and social welfare in the society.


Importance of Constituted Authority

  1. Constituted authority gives directive to the followers in the society.
  2. People at the helm of affairs provide security of life and properties in the society.
  3. People in authority provide job opportunity and other social amenities for the people.
  4. People in authority enhance the growth and development of the nation.
  5. People in authority seek relation with the other nation of the world towards world peace and security.

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