- Nigeria's House of Representatives on Thursday, voted down proposed legislation that seeks to ban public officials from seeking education for their children abroad
- Lawmakers said the bill breaches the fundamental rights of public officials and discriminates against them, overwhelmingly blocking it at the third reading stage
- The bill had been sponsored by lawmaker Sergius Ogun who once called for banning public officials from seeking medical care abroad
Lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 3, rejected a bill seeking to prevent public officers from sending their children to schools overseas.
Some of them insisted that it infringes on the fundamental human rights of Nigerians.
The bill, which was sponsored by representative Sergius Ogun, sought to ensure that only public officers who can show they can afford foreign education for their children without using public funds are allowed to do so, Channels TV reported.
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Lawmakers appealed to Mr Ogun to step down the bill but he refused, and when it was put to vote, a majority voted against the bill.
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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 others voted no while no Senator abstained from the voting process.
Huge loss for FG as National Assembly affirms states' power to collect VAT
The crisis between the states and the federal government over the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) seems to have come to an end as the lawmakers of the National Assembly have stepped in.
At the 68 constitution amendment voting which took place on Tuesday, March 1, lawmakers of the Ninth Senate voted in favour of states collecting the VAT.
The amendment voting was recommended by the Joint Senate and House of Representatives’ Special Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.