Lawmakers adopt report to amend constitution

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The House of Representatives has passed resolution to alter some section of the 1999 Constitution as amended to reflect current realities in the social and political development of Nigeria.

This followed the consideration of the report of the Special Ad hoc Committee of the House on the review of the 1999 constitution.

The House passed 27 of the 34 Bills contained in the report including provision of financial independence to State Legislature, autonomy to local governments, provision for independent candidature in future elections and reduction in the age limit of candidate to contest election.

It also approved the inclusion of former heads of the National Assembly into the National Council of State, an advisory body to the executive arm.

The lawmakers have also adopted an alteration bill to override the President’s Veto Power, delegating more powers to the National Assembly to enact laws for the country.

Members rejected seven bills including devolution powers to states and the removal of the controversial Land Use Act from the Constitution.

While the House had passed the 35 percent affirmative action for women as ministers, it however rejected the bill that sought to alter section 25 of the constitution which guarantees the right of a married woman to choose her indigene ship by birth or by marriage for the purposes of appointment or election.

The House also rejected the deletion of State Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from the constitution.

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