Senate yesterday passed 12 bills seeking to alter various provisions of the constitution and resolved that while it awaits the resolution of some of the State Houses of Assembly, the bills be transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.
The amended Bills have met the requirements of the provisions of Section 9 of the constitution and were passed by Senate.
Specifically, the lawmakers said the bills passed should be processed immediately in line with the Acts Authentication Act, to enable institutions of government prepare for immediate implementation of policies and programmes pursuant to the provisions of the constitution.
The 12 alterated Bills passed are Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 2 (Authorisation of Expenditure in absence of Appropriation); Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 4 (Financial Autonomy of State Legislatures);Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 8 (The Legislature); Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 9 (Political Parties and Electoral Matters) .
Also, the Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 15 (The Nigeria Police Force);Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 16 (Restriction of Tenure of President and Governor); Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 20 (Submission from the Judiciary); and Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 21 (Determination of Pre-Election Matters) were passed.
Others are Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 22 (Consequential Amendment on Civil Defence);Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 24 (Procedure for Overriding Presidential Veto in Constitutional Alteration);Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 27 (Reduction of Age for Election); and Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 28 (Time Line for the Presentation of Appropriation Bill) respectively.
The resolution of the Senate followed a motion by Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West) and 49 other Senators.
Tagged “Passage of Constitution (Fourth) Alteration Bills, 2018” the motion seeks that the amended bills be passed, processed and transmitted to the President.
Precisely, on Wednesday, 26th July and Thursday, 27th July, 2017 respectively; Thirty-three (33) Bills seeking to alter various provisions of the Constitution were presented at the floor of the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively.
While the Senate had approved Twenty-nine (29) of the Bills with the required 2/3 majority of members, the House of Representatives approved (Twenty-one (21) of the Bills with not less than 2/3 majority.
Also, the National Assembly has approved Seventeen (17) of the Bills without difference and were transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly for their resolution.
Four of the Bills were approved with amendment and have been committed to a Conference Committee for further action in line with the Senate and House of Representatives Rules.
So far, Senate has acknowledged that thirty-five State Houses of Assembly including Abia, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross-River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara, have forwarded their resolution on most of the Bills.
The Senate, however, insisted that it was convinced the Constitution Alteration Bills have satisfied the provisions of the Constitution for their passage into law.
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