Nigerian Senate Makes Major Constitutional Amendment

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33 major amendments to the Nigerian constitution is currently been reviewed by the eight Senate. The senate voted to give financial autonomy for local governments. Premium Times reports that about 95 senators are present for the Wednesday’s session.

It was gathered that the among the amendments to the constitution was a vote to reject state creation and boundary adjustment. The Senate voted ‎in favour of financial autonomy for states’ Houses of Assembly.

It also gave its support to financial autonomy for local governments. The Senate also voted to reject devolution of power to states while voting to expand Council of states to include former NASS presiding officers.

They also passed a bill to ensure ministerial nominees are sent with their portfolios within 30 days of inauguration of the president and of governors for states. Evidently it would prevent the mistake made by the Buhari administration that made appointment long after the presidential inaguration. They also voted to empower INEC to deregister political parties over failure to secure an elective seat.

A 33-item report on the fourth alternation of the constitution was recieved by the Senate on Tuesday, July 25. The report which calls for huge changes in the constitution was presented by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.

One major change being proposed is the alteration bill which seems to be in tandem with the “not too young to run” movement in Nigeria, seeking improved access for the Nigerian youth in government. The bill now proposes 35 as the minimum age for the office of the President; and 25 for the House of Representatives.