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Constitution Amendment: Ogun Assembly Backs Independent Candidacy, Financial Autonomy

The Ogun State House of Assembly has voted in favour of sixteen items out of the twenty sent to it by the National Assembly as part of the process of the on -going fourth alteration of the 1999 constitution. The lawmakers, who at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt Hon.Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, voted in favour of the inclusion of former Heads of the National Assembly in the Council of State.

The house also supported Financial Autonomy of State Legislatures; 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 the institutionalization of legislative bureaucracy. Other clauses that received the nod of the Assembly were provision of sufficient time for Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct by-election and deregistration of political parties.

The Assembly also supported the provision for independent candidature in election, as well as the separation of the Office of the Accountant General of the Federal Government from that of the Office of the Accountant- General of the Federation and to make the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation and that of the States financially independent by placing them on the consolidated revenue list.

Also approved were the clause meant to further strengthening the judiciary for the speedy dispensation of justice; provision of time for the determination of pre-election matters and that which provides for the procedure for passing constitution alteration bill when the President withholds his assent as well as reduction of age for election among others. The clause which required the President and Governor 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, also scaled through.

The assembly however declined to support some of the amendments sought by the national assembly. Those clauses that could not scale through include 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 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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Constitution Amendment: Ogun Assembly Backs Independent Candidacy, Financial Autonomy


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