Constitutional Amendment: Major Clauses Passed/Rejected By National Assembly

Senate Rejects Special Seats For Women

The Nigerian Senate has rejected the clause creating additional seats for Women in the national assembly.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate rejected the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for Special Seat for Women in the National and State Houses of Assembly; & for Related Matters.

30 senators voted in support while 58 senators voted against.

The Bill Failed to Pass!

 

Senate Rejects Diaspora Voting 

The Nigerian Senate has rejected the clause seeking to provide for the right of Nigerians in the Diaspora to vote during elections.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate rejected the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide for Diaspora Voting; and for Related Matters.

29 Senators voted in support, while 62 rejected.

The Bill failed to Pass!

 

 

Senate Separates Office Of Attorney-General From Ministry Of Justice 

The Nigerian Senate has separated the office of the Attorney-general of the Federation from the Office of the Minister of Justice.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate made the separation during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to Establish the Office of the Attorney–General of the Federation and of the State separate from the Office of the Minister of Justice or Commissioners for Justice of the state in order to make the Offices Attorneys–General Independent and Insulated from Partisanship; and for Related Matters.

The Bill is Passed!

 

 

Senate Establishes Office Of The Accountant –General Of The Federal Government 

Nigerian Senate has passed a clause establishing the Office of the Accountant –General of the Federal Government.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate passed the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to Establish the Office of the Accountant –General of the Federal Government separate from the Office of the Accountant –General of the Federation; and for Related Matters.

The Bill is Passed!

 

 

Senate Passes Clause Stipulating Nomination Of Ministers Within 30 Days 

The Nigerian Senate has passed the clause mandating the President to send ministerial nominees to the Senate Within 30 days.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate passed the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Require the President or Governors to submit the Names of Persons Nominated as Ministers or Commissioners within thirty days of taking the Oath of Office for Confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly,; and for Related Matters.

Same applies to the governors in the case of Commisioners.

The Bill is Passed!

 

 

Senate Rejects Immunity For NASS Presiding Officers 

The Nigerian Senate has rejected the clause providing immunity for National Assembly Presiding Officers.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate rejected the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Expand Immunity to the Legislative and Judicial Arms of Government; and for Related Matters.

The Bill sought to confer immunity on the heads of the two Chambers and thier deputies from prosecution.

29 Senators voted in support while 59 voted against.

The Bill Failed to Pass!

 

 

Senate Rejects Office Of The Mayor Of The FCTA 

The Nigerian Senate has rejected the creation of the Office of the Mayor of the Federal Capital Territory Administration.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate made the rejection during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the Office of the Mayor for the Federal Capital Territory Administration Abuja.

The Bill seeks to remove the President as the Chief Executive Officer of the FCT and opt for an elected Mayor to administer the capital city.

62 senators in support while 25 voted against it.

The Bill Failed to Passed!

 

 

Senate Expands Scope Of Nigerian Citizenship 

The Nigerian Senate has expanded the scope of citizenship by registration.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate made the expansion during the constitution amendment plenary session.

In the constitution, a foreign woman married to a Nigerian man gets automatic rights to become a Nigerian by registration.

This constitutional right has now been extended to a foreign man married to a Nigerian Woman.

 

 

Senate Rejects Clause Moving VAT To Exclusive Legislative List 

The Nigerian Senate has rejected the clause seeking to make Value Added Tax an item on the Executive Legislative List.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate rejected the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to Alter Part I of the Second Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to include Value Added Tax on the Exclusive Legislative List; and for Related Matters.

41 Senators voted in support while 44 Senators voted against it.

The Bill failed.

 

 

Senate Grants States Power To Generate Electricity 

The Nigerian Senate has granted States the powers to generate electricity.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate approved the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Bill seeks to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to allow States Generate, Transmit and Distribute Electricity in Area covered by the National Grid; and for Related Matters.

90 senators voted in support, the bill has been passed.

 

 

Senate Rejects Virtual Court Proceedings 

The Nigerian Senate has rejected a bill seeking to alter the constitution to legalise Virtual Court Proceedings.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate rejected the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

This bill will allow court or tribunal proceedings to be conducted remotely, online or through any media platform of technological innovations.

The legislation seeks to amend section 36 of the Constitution to allow for these provisions.

This bill was rejected.

 

 

Senate Rejects Life Pension For Presiding Officers 

The Nigerian Senate has rejected the clause to grant life pension for Presiding Officers of the National Assembly.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Senate rejected the clause during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The controversial bill seeks to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide pension for Presiding Officers of the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly; and for related matters.

The Bill failed to Pass!

 

 

Senate Passes Financial Autonomy Clause For State Judiciary And Legislature 

The Nigerian Senate has passed the clause granting financial autonomy to state legislatures and judiciary.

Gatekeepers News reports that the clause was passed during the constitution amendment plenary session.

The Act seeks to alter the Constitution of the Fed Rep.of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the Financial Independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary; & for related matters.

83 Senators voted in support while one Voted against.

 

 

Source: Gatekeepers News