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Constitution Amendment: Ogun Assembly Supports 16, Drops Four Clauses

The Ogun State House of Assembly has voted in favour of 16 items, out of 20 Clauses sent to it by the National Assembly, as part of the process of the on -going fourth Alteration of the 1999 constitution amendment.

Some of the clauses that scaled through included, former Heads of the National Assembly in the Council of State; Financial Autonomy of State Legislature; strengthening of Local Government administration and immunity for members of the legislature, in respect of the words spoken and written at plenary or committee proceedings and institutionalising legislative bureaucracy.

Other clauses that received the nod of the Assembly were, provision of sufficient time for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to conduct by-elections and provide grounds for deregistration of political parties, provision of timely passage of bills, as well as the clause which required the President and Governors to submit the names of ministerial or commissioner nominees within 30 days of taking the Oath of Office, for confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly.

The Assembly also supported the provision for independent candidature in elections, just as the separation of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federal Government, from that of the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation and making the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation and that of the State, financially independent, by placing them on the Consolidated Revenue.

In addition, the Assembly also voted in favour of the clause meant to further strengthening the judiciary, for speedy dispensation of justice; provision of time limit for the determination of pre-election matters and that, which provided for the procedure for passing constitution alteration bill, when the President withholds his assent, as well as reduction of age limit for election among others.

Those clauses that could not scale through were; authorization of expenditure, distributable pool account which abrogates the State Joint Local Government Account, restriction of tenure of Presidents and governors as well as consequential amendment of the Civil Defence.

Shortly after the physical voting, the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo moved the motion for the adoption of the report of the proceedings, for the onward transmission to the Nation Assembly, which was seconded by the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa and supported by the whole House, through a voice vote.

Responding, the Speaker commended his colleague lawmakers for their commitment to the amendment process, which he noted, was part of being responsible to the issues affecting their constituents.

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