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9th National Assembly lacks mandate to give new constitution – Ovie Omo-Agege

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The lawmaker described the proposal by the delegation that zones should replace states as another euphemism for going back to the regions.

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has urged Nigerians not to engage in wishful thinking that the 9th National Assembly would deliver a new constitution, saying it lacks the mandate to do so.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, Omo-Agege made the comment when he hosted members of the Alliance of Nigerian Patriots led by Ambassador Umunna Orjiako in Abuja.

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The deputy senate president, who chairs the Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, explained that the National Assembly had no powers to replace the current constitution of the country but could only amend it.

He cited advanced democracies like the United States of America after which Nigeria’s presidential system of government was fashioned as well as Sections 8 and 9 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), saying what is obtainable is piecemeal alteration of the constitution.

Omo-Agege, therefore, urged those calling for a brand new constitution to channel their energy towards participating actively in the ongoing amendment by the National Assembly.

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“One of the issues you raised is the replacement of the 1999 Constitution. I am not so sure that we, as a parliament, have the power to replace the constitution. We can only make amendments. And it is explicit in Sections 8 and 9 of the constitution how we can do that and the requisite number of votes required.

“I say that because there are some top attorneys in this country who, for some reasons, keep saying that we don’t even need any of this, that we should just bring a new constitution. We can’t do that. What we are mandated to do by law is to look at those provisions and bring them up-to-date with global best practices, especially to the extent that they tally with the views of the majority of Nigerians. So we are not in a position to replace this constitution but we can only amend,” he said.

“We will look into that if that is what majority of our people want. You talked about devolution of powers. The preponderance of views we have received so far is that those 68 items are very wide and need to shed some weight and move them to the Concurrent Legislative List,” he said.

On the call for scrapping of the upper legislative chamber, Omo-Agege said;

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“One of the issues raised by #EndSARS protesters was that the government should abolish the Senate and merge us with the House of Representatives. We are not in a position to do that. Mr. President is not even in a position to do that as well.”

Earlier, Orjiakor called for the reconfiguration of the present 36 states structure into six zones as federating units, drastic cut in the Exclusive Legislative List and expansion of the Concurrent Legislative List, reform of the National Assembly to a hybrid presidential and Westminster systems, abolition of security votes to be replaced by regular security budget allocations and electoral reforms to ensure a truly ‘independent‘ Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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[Nigeria] FG seek Assembly’s approval for $1.2BN Agric loan from Brazil

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The minister also spoke on the Police reforms and prayed that the review would be completed quickly so that while the appropriation process is going on, the revised salaries would be included in the 2021 budget.

The Federal Government is seeking the approval of $1.2 billion loan from the National Assembly to address issues in the agriculture value chain, finance minister Zainab Ahmed said on Tuesday in Abuja at the ministry’s budget defence.

Ahmed told the House of Representative Committee on Finance that the loan would be sourced from the Brazilian Government.

“We need to address issues in the agriculture value chain as the country moves towards other sources of revenue.

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“Already, the federal government is making efforts to acquire100,000 hectares of land per state for food production.

“Roads will be built in such locations to provide access for farm inputs and ease the movement of farm produce to the markets.

“If the farmers can move their farm produce to markets, it will reduce post-harvest losses,” she said.

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“If it’s not completed, we will contemplate doing amendment or supplementary budget,” she said.

She said that the federal government was bent on the use of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for the payment of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

She added, however, that ASUU’s newly developed University Accountability and Transparency Solution (UTAS) would also undergo verification by experts.

The minister said that N1.647 billion was proposed for personnel cost, N1.70 billion for overhead, while N4.005 billion was allocated for the ministry’s capital expenditure in 2021.


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EndSARs: Abuja protesters block entrance to National Assembly. [Nigeria]

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The protesters were, however, stopped by members of Nigerian military who violently chased the youth, leaving some of the protesters and the members of the media injured in the process.

The protesters were, however, stopped by members of Nigerian military who violently chased the youth, leaving some of the protesters and the members of the media injured in the process. helping us in Borno — Protesters

Hundreds of Nigerian youth have blocked the junction leading to Nigeria’s National Assembly to demand an end to the notorious police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The protesters who commenced the peaceful march from Banex junction in the nation’s capital city, Abuja, around 11 a.m., arrived at the junction leading to the National Assembly just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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At the time of filing this report, the atmosphere is in disarray even though Aisha Yesufu, one of the popular voices against the dreaded SARS, was seen by Media known to Noble Reporters Media addressing the hostile military personnel, who are blocking the junction and brandishing heavy logs of woods, possibly to scare the determined protesters.

So far, not less than five people have been killed since the commencement of the protest against police brutality across the nation, while its scope has expanded to other parts of the world.

On Sunday, the Nigerian government announced it had dissolved the notorious police unit. That notwithstanding, protesters have continued their march in major cities across the country.


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