President, governors must appoint cabinet within 60 days - Senate

President, governors must appoint cabinet within 60 days - Senate

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and President Muhammadu Buhari

The Senate has said that presidents and governors must appoint their cabinet within 60 days of inauguration

The lawmakers said nominations shall be forwarded to the Senate or the House of Assembly after inauguration and provide 35 per cent representation for women in the appointment of ministers and commissioners.

The amendment will also make it “make it mandatory for the president to attend a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year to deliver a State of the Nation address.

The committee chairman, Ike Ekweremadu, while presenting the report during the plenary said the amendment will also imply that local government areas without duly democratically elected executives will not be part of the monthly federal allocation.

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The reports said, under the local government administration, Section 7 of the constitution was amended to provide a uniform three-year tenure for elected local government council officials.

“These amendments, amongst others, we believe will ensure effective service delivery and insulate local governments from undue and counter-productive interferences from state governments,” the report said.

It also said that the section 162 (under distribution pool account) was amended to “abrogate the State Joint Local Government Account and paying monies due to local government councils directly into their respective accounts.”

The report also defined that a portion of the internally generated revenue from states shall be paid into the local government allocation account.

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The amendment to this section will “provide for national savings of 50 per cent of oil revenues above the bench mark for a particular year and 10 per cent of any non-oil revenue paid into the Federation Account or such other percentage not less than that provided in this section as the National Assembly may determine in the Appropriation Act of a particular year.”

The Senate said such savings would be shared with the revenue sharing formula in accordance with the provisions of the constitution “provided that the savings shall not be distributed in any period less than 10 years from the date of a particular savings.”

The lawmakers move to amend these sections of the constitution may have been prompted by the long period it took President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint members of his cabinet.

To the disappointment of most Nigerian , it took President Buhari four months before the list of nominated ministers were sent to the senate.

The list of nominees was received by the Senate President on behalf of the National Assembly on September 30, 2015.

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