Thursday, 27 July 2017

Here are the major amendments made by the Senate to Nigeria constitution

Nigeria's eight Senate is currently voting on 33 major amendments to the Nigerian constitution.

They voted to give financial autonomy for local governments

Premium Times reports that about 95 senators are present for the Wednesday’s session.

And according to, the Senate has also voted to reject state creation and boundary adjustment.

The Senate voted in favour of financial autonomy for states’ Houses of Assembly. It also gave its nod to financial autonomy for local governments.

The Senate also voted to reject devolution of power to States while voting to expand Council of states to include former NASS presiding officers.

They also voted to ensure ministerial nominees are sent with their portfolios within 30 days of inauguration of the president and of governors for states.

They also voted to empower INEC to deregister political parties over failure to secure an elective seat. had also reported that the 1999 Nigerian constitution is
about to receive a huge face-lift. On Tuesday, July 25, the Senate received a 33-item report on the fourth alteration of the constitution.

The report which calls for huge changes in the Constitution was presented by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu. One major change being proposed is the alteration bill which seems to be in tandem with the “not too young to run” movement in Nigeria, seeking improved access for the Nigerian youth in government.

The bill now proposes 35 as the minimum age for the office of the President and being elected to the Senate; and 25 for the House of Representatives.

But  The Senate approval is just part of the processrequired for constitutional amendment. The final step lies with the presidency whose duty is to assent it.

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