CONSTITUTION REVIEW: Reps join Senate, deal even more deadly blow to restructuring

CONSTITUTION REVIEW: Reps join Senate, deal even more deadly blow to restructuring

CONSTITUTION REVIEW: Reps join Senate, deal even more deadly blow to restructuring

The House, however, voted against power devolution to give more legislative powers to states and the removal of the Land Use Act from the Constitution.

At its plenary session, the House passed 27 of the 34 sections of the constitution listed for amendment in the Fourth Constitution adjustment bill.

The Senate had, however, okayed the Bills seeking autonomy for local governments as well as reduced age limits for eligibility to run for political offices following appeals by a group of youths under the #NotTooYoungToRun movement.

However, the amendments approved by the federal legislature is just one of the steps in the process to alter the constitution as there are stages they would go through before they finally take effect.

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said on Thursday that the adjustment of the 1999 Constitution would promote good governance in the country.

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The lawmakers also rejected a bill that sought the appointment of Minister from FCT and change of name of some local government councils.

The House voting exercise was merely to establish concurrence with the earlier position of the Senate which voted Tuesday on the proposed amendment.

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The entire process was interrupted when the members were asked to vote on the "Citizenship and Indigeneship". The voting caused some rows as a result of technical hitch from the electronic display board- and House Speaker, Hon.

The Citizenship and Indigenship bill, which is a major recommendation by the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), was also rejected.

The bill seeking to separate the office of the AGF from that of the minister of justice was defeated because it couldn't garner the two-thirds majority needed; 234 members voted in its favour while 58 opposed it.

At this point, the female lawmakers lost their cool.

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