Electoral amendment, Constitution review, other things to expect as Senate resumes

18/01/2022 2:20:00 PM

Electoral amendment, Constitution review, other things to expect as Senate resumes

Electoral amendment, Constitution review, other things to expect as Senate resumes

The new year brings closer the end of the ninth assembly and as lawmakers resumed legislative activities on Tuesday, PREMIUM TIMES looks at a few things to expect

3 min read Nigerian federal lawmakers resumed legislative activities for 2022 at the National Assembly on Tuesday.to the creation of state police by Mr Buhari, Nigerians will be keen to see how the lawmakers treat the state police bill.In December, President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to the bill over some concerns.He made the comment during a town hall meeting organised by a civil society body, Yiaga Africa, on Sunday.

The lawmakers had embarked on a four-week break on December 22, 2021, to observe the Christmas and new year holidays.The break was sequel to the passage of the 2022 budget and the Finance Bill.Earlier in June, the House had passed for second reading a bill by Anthony Afe, which seeks to give legal backing to the creation of state security outfits by states.It also followed the rejection of the Electoral Amendment Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari, an act which had brewed tension among lawmakers – many of whom were willing to override the president’s decision.Advertisement Speaking after he was asked a question on how long it will take to correct the errors and have the bill sent back to the president for assent, Basiru said most of the speakers at the meeting took legislative business as “pedestrian.In 2021, the lawmakers treated key legislations like the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill and the Electoral Bill, among others.The bill sought to allow states to establish police force, however, the bill did not succeed in that Assembly.The new year brings closer the end of the ninth assembly and as lawmakers resumed legislative activities on Tuesday, here are a few things to expect: 2022 Budget (Amendment) Although the 2022 budget was signed by the president on December 31, there will be some amendments to it, at least so the president has said.“I want to also say that it is not correct that the National Assembly has done shoddy work on the electoral bill and I take that with seriousness to say that out of 185 sections of the bill, we have a problem with one section.

The N17.Insecurity The House may make fresh moves towards abating the nation’s security challenges, which appear to have defied solution.I find some of the issues discussed here interesting — they are taking issues of legislation to be pedestrian work,” the spokesman said.01 trillion budget for the 2022 fiscal year was passed by the lawmakers shortly before closing for the year and was signed days later by Mr Buhari.The president had queried the lawmakers for inserting worth about N37 billion in the budget.For instance, on January 7 while the lawmakers were on holiday with their families, over 200 Nigerians were in Zamfara State.He also complained that they slashed the allocations for many strategic capital projects to introduce ‘Empowerment Projects’.” Aftwewards, Seun Okinbaloye, host of the town hall meeting, said: “It is not only one drafting error, I have 10… 17, I can pass it on to you.Mr Buhari, however, noted that he had reluctantly signed the budget to enable implementation to start from January and would revert to the National Assembly with a request for amendment and/or virement when the lawmakers resume from their current recess.Motions on insecurity or killings have turned to weekly issues in the House.

The Senate is expected to prioritise these amendments to the budget to enable early implementation.Electoral Amendment Bill rejected by the president, this legislation still remains the talk of the town for many Nigerians especially as the 2023 general elections draw near.Last year, the lawmakers in the lower chamber held a security summit.I totally disagree that there is error.The bill seeks to resolve issues regarding the use of modern technologies in the electoral process and prescribe a particular mode of primary election for political parties to choose candidates seeking elective offices.In the bill, the National Assembly allowed the use of electronic voting and transmission of results from polling units, at the discretion of the electoral umpire, INEC.According to Mr Gbajabiamila, the resolutions from the summit have been transmitted to the president for action, while others that require legislation will be addressed by the lawmakers.They also approved that direct primaries be the only mode of primary election for political parties – a clause the president was not comfortable with and the reason he cited for declining assent to the bill.” Advertisement “You cannot come on national television and undermine the institution of the national assembly without facts and figures,” he added.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how over 73 lawmakers had agreed to override the president’s decision but by the following day, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said they would “consult” with their counterparts at the House of Representatives before making a final decision.Recovered loot report In May, an ad-hoc committee investigating the status of recovered loots started the probe into all the asset recovered by the government.With the legislation now back at the National Assembly, Nigerians hope the lawmakers will either make the necessary changes to the bill and send it back to the president for assent or override his veto.Constitution Review The amendment of the 1999 Constitution is underway.The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.”.It would be the fifth alteration to the main Nigerian law.The process which has been on for over a year, has attracted criticisms and commendations from Nigerians.Promise to reduce number of MDAs Before embarking on holiday in December, Mr Gbajabiamila had promised Nigerians that the House will consider legislative intervention in the cost of governance by reducing the number MDAs in the country.

About N1 billion has been allocated to the constitution review committee for the whole process.And public hearings were held for this purpose – of which many recommendations were made by stakeholders.Federal Secretariat, Abuja It is unclear how the House intends to achieve this feat.Some of the recommendations include calls for restructuring, gender equality, state police, an entirely new constitution, among others.Nigerians await the report of the Constitution Review committee and it is expected that amending the constitution will be a top priority for the lawmakers in 2022.In 2019, the Federal Executive Council was directed by Mr Buhari to review the Oransaye report.Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill This bill has suffered setbacks at the Senate thrice.

The legislation seeks to guarantee the rights of women to equal opportunities in employment, equal rights to inheritance for both male and female children; equal rights for women in marriage and divorce, equal access to education, property/land ownership and inheritance.So, they must look at those laws and repeal them before we have the new agencies.Some male lawmakers first rejected it, arguing that the Nigerian Constitution was clear on the rights of citizens, including women.The second time it was presented at the Senate, it scaled second reading and was referred to the Senate committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters but no public hearing was held.” However, despite outcry over poor funding of MDAs, had reported how lawmakers continue to introduce establishment bills for new ones.It was.

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