By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel
Following public outcry at the rejection of devolution of powers to states by the National Assembly in the ongoing constitution amendment, the House of Representatives has said that it will revisit the amendment.
This as it attributed the rejection to an oversight in lumping up various items under devolution of powers.
The leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who disclosed this in a statement , informed that lawmakers will be calling for the issue to be looked at again when plenary resumes in september adding that the process is work in progress.
The leader informed that while devolution of powers may have been voted against during consideration of the report, there was a system in place that allows for rescission decisions already made.
The statement reads: “Many of us will be asking for the issue of devolution of powers to be revisited upon resumption in September. The democratic process was played out as it should be during the voting exercise. However the process is on going and not concluded.
“Under our rules we do have a mechanism which allows for recission of a decision when appropriate or when new unknown facts emerge.
“For me it was a mistake or oversight to have lumped all items for devolution under one umbrella or subhead titled devolution of powers. There were about 9 items including Railways, Pensions, Arbitration, Stamp Duties, Parks and others under the subhead and members should have voted on each rather than vote in one fell swoop.
According to him, “a member may have agreed to certain items for devolution to states and not to others. The way we voted, one would never know how to pass judgment on each item.
The lawmaker who posited that each item ought to stand or fall on its own merit, stressed that devolution of powers is baby steps and the simplest form of reconstruction not a surgical dismemberment of our country. We must feel the pulse of the nation in moments like this”, Gbajabiamila stated.