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CONSTITUTION REVIEW: Reps join Senate, deal even more deadly blow to restructuring



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On Thursday, it was the turn of the House of Representatives to undertake the clause-by-clause debate of proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution. The House fared worse than the Senate on a number of significant areas that are associated with aspects of the restructuring of the country.

Procedurally, two thirds of each house of the National Assembly is required to get constitutional amendments passed. By implication, while the senate needs at least 73 votes to get each amendment approved, the house requires at least 240 votes.

The senate had on Wednesday rejected amendment proposals on devolution of powers, state creation and boundary adjustment, deletion of the Land Use Act, as well as citizenship and indegeneship, drawing ire from sections of the country that had long advocated for structural changes to the country.

They had expected these amendments to scale through if only as a consolation for the absence of core issues of restructuring such as fiscal autonomy of federating units from the final review, and possibly serve as a foundation for more fundamental changes in the form of wholesale restructuring in the future.

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The house had, in an even more blunt rejection of amendments tied to restructuring, voted down deletion of Land Use Act from the constitution, devolution of powers, state creation and boundary adjustment, as well as citizenship and indigeneship amendments.

It even went further to reject some important amendments passed by the senate such as electoral reform for local government, as well as separation of the office of attorney-general at state and federal level, from office of the minister/commissioner for justice.

Political watchers will be waiting to see what the final compromise position will be when both houses meet again to harmonize amendments. Many will also be keen to know what the final amendment document will look like after passing through the state assemblies across the country.

Regardless of the eventual outcome however, what is sure is that, on the evidence of the total amendments passed, the clamour for restructuring will continue and likely even more intensely, as many believe a unique opportunity to address its core issues has been missed by the National Assembly.

Below is a breakdown of the amendments considered by the house on Thursday:

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  1. Balarabe musa

    July 28, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    It’s normal for them to disagree to agree with each other later. Just that most of bills are not making any sense at all

  2. seyi jelili

    July 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    360 she-goats and 109 he-goats are bunch of disappointment to the nation. We need to eliminate the 109 he goats for pepper soup and if possible reduce the number of the 360 she-goats because the grasses they are feeding upon are extremely much and they are preventing the main farmers to eat the grasses that belong to all

  3. Abeni Adebisi

    July 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    House or Reps and Senate have the same ideologies which are to enrich their pockets and warm the seats in the house, why will they not vote against what Nigerians are yearning for?

    • yanju omotodun

      July 28, 2017 at 10:20 pm

      That’s just it. Greedy people who are gullible and God will punish them all

  4. Animashaun Ayodeji

    July 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Clearly, the senate and house of rep have done what’s best for the country without letting their feelings determine their outcomes. Anyone who still wants any of what they’ve voted against is free to leave Nigeria for us

    • Anita Kingsley

      July 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Fool! You think they’ve voted rightly? Giver them another two years, Nigerians will cry uncontrollably by the time poverty strikes all of your and makes you useless people, you will realize this government don’t like you at all.


      July 28, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Sure, we shall leave for Biafra

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