BREAKING: Senate Passes 1 Important Bill As Voting for Constitution Amendment Continues

BREAKING: Senate Passes 1 Important Bill As Voting for Constitution Amendment Continues

  • The bill to allow local government councils in Nigeria to have financial and administrative autonomy has been passed by the Senate
  • The new bill if signed into law by the president will allow the LG councils to create and maintain their own accounts
  • According to voting done electronically, 92 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill, two other voted no while no Senator abstained from the voting process

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, March 1, passes a bill to grant all the local government areas in Nigeria financial administrative autonomy.

At the plenary, the lawmakers voted in favour of the bill for An Act to alter the Constitution of the FRN, 1999 to abrogate State Joint LG Acct and provide for a special account into which shall be paid all allocations due to LG Councils from the Federation Account & from the Govt of d State and for related matters.

Ahmad Lawan
Bill to allow LG financial and administrative autonomy has been passed by the Senate Photo: Senate President
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At the mention of the bill, lawmakers who voted electronically in favour of the bill were 92, while two others voted note. None of the lawmakers abstained from voting on the bill which gathered 94 electronic votes.

According to the bill, each of the local government councils is expected to create and maintain its own account.

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The account which will be named the Local Government Allocation Account will be used to make payment for all the allocations from the Federal Government.

Constitution review: Osinbajo’s wife storms Senate, House of Reps to observe plenary

Dolapo Osinbajo led a delegation to the Senate plenary to observe proceedings in the alteration of the constitution.

The vice president's wife also visited the House of Representatives to support voting on women-related bills.

The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, was admitted into the chamber when the constitution amendment bills were laid.

History made as Aisha Buhari visits Senate chambers

Recall that for the first time in the history of Nigeria, the wife of a sitting president was received at the Senate chambers on Wednesday, February 23.

President Muhammadu Buhari's wife, Aisha Buhari, was in the Senate chambers to witness the laying of the report of the constitution review committee.

The upper chamber delayed the submission of the report during its plenary on Wednesday, waiting for the arrival of the first lady.

Senate, reps approve LG, state legislature, judiciary's financial autonomy

The National Assembly comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives will on Tuesday, March 1, vote separately in their plenary sessions on 68 proposed amendments to the 1999 Constitution.

The report of the constitution review containing the proposed amendments was presented before both chambers recently by the ad hoc committees set up to carry out a comprehensive review.

Among major amendments on which lawmakers will decide is financial autonomy for state assemblies and judiciary, legislature, life pension for the principal officers of the National Assembly, virtual court sittings, voting by Nigerians in the diaspora, and more representation of women in the chambers.


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