- The Jigawa state House of Assembly has passed the Not Too Young to Run bill
- The move is coming barely 24 hours after Bauchi state House of Assembly passed the bill
- Jigawa is now the 15th state that has passed the bill
The Jigawa state House of Assembly has passed the Not Too Young to Run bill barely 24 hours after the Bauchi state House of Assembly towed the same line.
Legit.ng checks indicates that Jigawa is now the 15th state that has passed the bill.
According to Premium Times, the Jigawa legislature passed nine of the 15 constitutional bills, transmitted to it by the National Assembly in the on-going constitution amendment process.
However, the legislators rejected the bills amending the procedure of overriding presidential veto power, expenditure time frame before passage of budget and for laying Appropriation Bill by the President or Governor before the National or state House of Assembly.
The National Assembly in December 2016 constituted ad-hoc committees on constitution review to initiate the process of amending relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution.
After the adoption of some of the recommendations of the committee, the federal lawmakers on December 14, last year forwarded the bills containing the 15 recommendations to the state Houses of Assembly for their consent.
The consent of at least 24 Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly is required to pass an amendment to any part of the Constitution.
But the Jigawa legislators also rejected the bill on independent candidacy and reduction of time frame for authorisation of expenditure before budget passage from six months to three months, and stepped down for wider consultation the bill granting local government financial autonomy.
Among the major bills that secured the approval of the state lawmakers were:
1. Financial autonomy for States House of Assembly
2. Immunity for legislators for words spoken during plenary
3. Requirement for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct by-elections within 21 days instead of seven days
4. Authority for INEC to deregister political parties
5. Change of the name of the Nigeria Police Force to Nigerian Police
6. Bill on administration of justice in the country for speedy dispensation of justice
7. Tenure restriction of president or governor which prohibits anyone who succeeds a president or a governor and completes the tenure of such president or governor, from contesting for that same office more than once
8. Bill on the establishment of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in the Constitution, including their functions and procedure for appointment of its Commandant-General.
The legislators however rejected the bills on independent candidacy and reduction of time frame for expenditure before budget passage from six months to three months.
The Not Too Young to Run bill which seeks to reduce the age of individuals running for political office, from president to House of Assembly is the brainchild of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).
It was sponsored by Honourable Tony Nwulu (Lagos, PDP) in the House of Representatives and Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako (Adamawa, APC) in the Nigerian Senate.
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