Constitution Review: Senate Pass Blll For Autonomy For Local Government Councils, State Judiciary and Assemblies

The Senate, on Tuesday, passed bills to guarantee financial and administrative autonomy for Local Government Councils, State Judiciary and House of Assembly.

The bills were part of the 47 out of the 68 items that were up for consideration after being submitted by the constitution review committee chaired by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo Agege to lawmakers.

The Senate also passed the bill to empower the National Assembly and State Assemblies to summon the President and State Governors to answer questions bothering on security or any other issues. 

The chamber also approved a bill to include Presiding Officers on the membership of the National Security Council. 

It also passed a bill to make it an offence, and to provide for the possible conviction of any person who refuses to honour the summons of the National Assembly or any of its committee. 

Tne following are a breakdown of how the lawmakers voted on the 68 items for amendment as recorded by Nedu Echianu News.

Bills to be amended: require 2/3 majority vote of 109 Senators or 4/5 of the same number where stated...

1. LGA financial autonomy.... Yes 92    No 2  Abstain 0 (94 recorded present)

2. LGA administrative autonomy...Yes 88 No 4 Abstain 3 (95 recorded present)

3. Change of name of LGA Afikpo north and south... Yes 90 No 2 Abstain 1  (93 registered)

4.  Change of Name of LGA Kunchi LGA Kano state...Yes 89 No 0 Abstain 1 (93 registered)

5. Changes of names of Egbado North and South in Ogun state to Yewa North and South...Yes 93  No 2 Abstain 0  (97 registered)

6. Change of name of Barkin ladi LGA in Plateau state...Yes 67  No 26 Abstain 0 (96 registered) (failed to scale through)

7.  Correction of name Atigbo LGA...Yes 79 No 6 Abstain (Registered 87)

8. Correction of name of Obio akpor from Obiakpor LGA .. Yes 91 No 2 Abstain (96 registered)

9. Financial autonomy of state legislatures and judiciary...Yes 83 No 1 Abstain 0 (85 registered)

10. Enforcement of legislative summons (94 Registered) Yes 89 No 5 Abstain 0

11. Inauguration of senators and members elect (94 Registered) Yes 86  No 5 Abstain 0

12. Institutionalization of legislative bureaucracy in the constitution (95 registered) Yes 93 No 0 Abstain 0

13. Procedure for overiding presidential veto in the constitution (94 Registered) 4/5 required ... Yes 79 No 15 Abstain 0 bill failed to scale through

14. Process for overiding executive veto in respect of ordinary money bills. Yes 44 No 39 Abstain 0 (bill failed to scale through)(84 registered) 

15. Removal of presiding officers in the legislature (92 Registered) Yes 62 No 28 Abstain 0 (failed to scale through)

16. Pension for presiding officers in the Legislature (88 Registered) Yes  No Abstain failed to scale through

17. Establishment of federal revenue court and revenue courts of states (88 Registered) Yes 45 No 38 Abstain... (Bill failed to scale through)

18. Judicial reforms (80 Registered) Yes 68  No 7 Abstain 1 (the bill failed to scale through) Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege argued that lawmakers did not think through the bill before voting on this bill, he appealed for a repeat but it was turned down by the Senate President.


19. Timelines for the determination of civil and criminal cases. (Registered 82) Yes 49  No 31 Abstain 0  (bill failed to scale through)


20. Uniform retirement age and pension rights for judicial officers.(94 Registered) Yes 90 No 3 Abstain 0

21. Deletion of References in the constitution to the provision of the criminal code, penal code, criminal procedure Act etc. (94 Registered) Yes 93 No 1 Abstain 0 

22. Provision of intervening events in the computation of time for the determination of pre election matters, election petitions and appeals therefrom.Yes 89 No 4 Abstain 0 (94 Registered)

23. 4/5 required to pass: Virtual/remote court hearings (93 registered) Yes 62 No 24  Abstain 3 (bill failed to scale through)

24. Expansion of the interpretation of judicial office (91 Registered) Yes 81 No 7 Abstain 1

25. Appointment of the secretary of the national judicial council...(93 Registered) Yes 87  No 2 Abstain 1

26. Code of Conduct (90 Registered) Yes 89 No 1 Abstain 1 (includes health care services and education in addition to farming to be allowed by the constitution for public office holders)

27. Fair hearing in the process of recommending the removal of judicial officers (90 Registered) Yes 84 No 2 Abstain 1

28. Inclusion of Judges of the national industrial court in the composition of election tribunals (93 Registered) Yes 55 No 25 Abstain 1 (bill failed to scale through)

29. Devolution of powers (Airports) (88 Registered) Yes 84 No 2 Abstain

30. Finger prints, identification and criminal records (from exclusive to the concurrent legislative list) (91 Registered) Yes 86 No 3 Abstain 0

31. Correctional services (from exclusive to concurrent legislative list) (89 registered) Yes 86 No 2 Abstain 0

32. Railways (from exclusive to concurrent list) (94 Registered) Yes 92 No 0 Abstain 0

33. National Grid system (states can generate power) (90 registered) Yes 90 No 0 Abstain 0.

34. Inclusion of VAT on the exclusive legislative list (95 registered) Yes 41 No 44 Abstain 0 (Bill failed to scale through)

35. Special seats for women (Seeks to establish special seats for women in the Senate, House of Reps and state house of Assembly) (91 Registered) Yes 30 No 38 Abstain 3 (bill failed to scale through)

36. Expansion of the scope of citizenship by registration. (Registered 87)Yes 83  No 2  Abstain 0


37. Affirmative action for women in political parties administration (91 Registered) Yes 34 No 53 Abstain 3 (bill failed to scale through)

38. Indigenship Rights (96 registered) Yes 90 No 5 Abstain 0

39. Power to enforce compliance of remittance of accruals into federation account and review of revenue allocation formula. (95 Registered) Yes 94 No 1 Abstain 0

40. Independence of certain bodies (regulatory bodies) (94 Registered)Yes 93 No 0 Abstain 0

41. Removal of transitional law making powers of the executive. (92 Registered) Yes 88 No 3 Abstain 0

42. Expansion of the scope of executive immunity, (heads of other arms of government to get immunity) (95 Registered) Yes 29 No 50 Abstain 1 (failed to scale through)

43. Domestication of treaties (82 Registered) Yes 81 No 0 Abstain 0

44. Timelines for the presentation of appropriation bills (93 Registered) Yes 92 No 0 Abstain 1

45. Timeframe for the submission of the names of ministerial or commissioner nominees (94 Registered) Yes 93 No 1 Abstain 0

46. Membership of the national security council to include presiding officers of the national assembly. (93 Registered)Yes 73 No 6 Abstain 0

47. Establishment of state security council (95 Registered) Yes 92 No 1 Abstain 0

48. Power to summon the President and governors (93 Registered) Yes 77 No 13 Abstain 0

49. Authorisation of expenditure. (91 Registered) Yes 83 No 5 Abstain 0

50. Replacement/correction of the usage of the consolidated revenue fund of the federation with consolidated revenue fund of the FG. (95 Registered) Yes 93 No 0 Abstain 1

51. Establishment of the office of the of the accountant general of the federation and office of the accountant general of the federal government (94 Registered) Yes 88 No 0 Abstain 0

52. Timeframe for the conduct of population census (95 Registered) Yes 91 No 1 Abstain 0.

53. Separation of the office of attorney general of the federation (state) and minister of justice... (94 Registered) Yes 86 No 6 Abstain 0.

54. State of the nation and state of the state address. (96 Registered) Yes 89 No 1 Abstain 0.

55. Composition of members of the council of state. (95 Registered) Yes 73 No 19 Abstain 1.

56. Termination of tenure on account of cross carpeting... (88 Registered) Yes 25 No 50 Abstain 0 (bill failed to scale through)

57. Restriction on formation of political parties. (91 Registered) Yes 78 No 6 Abstain 2

58. Independent candidacy in elections.(94 Registered) Yes 89 No 5 Abstain 0.

59. Diaspora voting (95 Registered) Yes 29 No 62 Abstain 1 (bill failed to scale through)

60. Mayorial status for FCT (93 Registered) Yes 62 No 25 Abstain 0 (bill failed to scale through)

61. Appointment of minister from FCT (84 Registered) Yes 67 No 9 Abstain 0 (bill failed to scale through)

62. Correction in the definition of the boundary of the FCT. (87 Registered) Yes 81 No 0 Abstain 0.

63. 4/5 required; Fundamental human rights (basic education) (92 Registered) Yes 88 No 1 Abstain 0

64. 4/5 required; Defining acts that constitute torture and degrading treatment.  (92 Registered) Yes 76 No 9 Abstain 1 (failed to scale through)

65. Food security (88 Registered) Yes 81  No 5 Abstain 1

66. Nigeria security and civil defence corps  (88 Registered) Yes 79  No 5 Abstain 1

67. Traditional rulers and institutions, to advise president and governors on customary laws, security and public order.(86 Registered) Yes 63  No 17 Abstain 1 (bill failed to scale through)

68. Affirmative action.(ten women nominees as ministers and commissioners) (88 Registered) Yes 44 No 43 Abstain 1(Bill failed to scale through)

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