Constitution Amendment: Reps approve life pension for Senate president, Speaker; pass 71 amendments

The House of Representatives on Wednesday in Abuja voted to effect 71 amendments to sections of the 1999 constitution, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The lawmakers also backed the adoption of referendum for state creation.

They, however, rejected the amendment of Section 9 to allow for a referendum in determining the fate of the National Conference recommendations.

Among the 261 house members who participated in the process, 252 members voted in favour of the amendments, eight voted against and one abstained.

A two-third vote (240 of the 360-members) is required to amend the constitution.

The report will be forwarded to the 36 state Houses of Assembly for their concurrence.

The 71 amendments approved by the lower house border on legislative immunity, local government autonomy, state creation, indigeneship and citizenship.

Others are independent candidacy in elections, budgetary process, life pension for National Assembly heads and role for traditional rulers.

An alteration of Section 7 among others, stops revenue allocation from the Federation Account to local governments that are not democratically elected.

They also approved the dissolution of local government administrations at the expiration of four years commencing from the date the members of councils were sworn in.

While altering Section 59, the lawmakers also voted to bypass the president if he failed to sign a bill presented to him within 30 days.

“Within seven days, the President of the Senate shall convene a joint sitting of the National Assembly to reconsider the bill.

“And if passed by two-thirds majority of members of both Houses at such joint sitting, the Bill shall become law and the assent of the President shall not be required,” the conference report reads.

In other constitution amendments, house members also approved independent candidacy in elections in Nigeria.

A new amendment makes it mandatory for the president to address a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year.

The office of the Auditor-General of the Federation, Nigerian Police, Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, National Security Agencies have now been place on a firstline charge from Nigeria’s Consolidated Revenue Account.

House members equally approved life pension for the President and Deputy President of the Senate as well as Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The life pension would be paid only if he/she was not impeached from office.

An alteration of Section 241 which inserts a new subsection (2A) bars Nigerian courts or tribunals from staying any proceeding on account of an interlocutory appeal.

House members also voted to include seven items to the concurrent legislative list, some of which are agriculture, railways and pensions. (NAN)


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  • Dan Fulani

    Life pension my boots. What do the electorates get, life hunger and misery?

    • Wähala

      Life penury for suffer-heads…

  • Garden-City Boy

    Two pensions to run concurrently for one person. army pension and Senate pension. How obscene that people who call themselves elected officers device channels to milk the nation dry. Some people need to be ashamed of themselves. One person, two pensions running concurrently……Nigeria we hate thee.

    • Otile

      I know you are talking about Dauda Mark. All along the man has been greedy, he only thinks about his pocket and not about developing Nigeria. I don’t know who is worse: Hausa Fulani or Middle Belters.

  • Anonymous11443

    Two pensions for David Mark.Military and civilian.Greedy bastards only feathering their own nests.

  • Musuru

    All of these people are greedy, selfish idiots, preaching what they do not practice!!!! Awon ole!!!!

  • lincoln

    It is criminal to draw two pensions from the purse of Same goverment. It is against the law of the land.The man should decide which of the pension he would take or put a law that barred pensioner from drawing a new pension anytime he or she goes to public office

  • lincoln

    When it comes to swindling the masses dry, the lawmakers are united by greed and selfishness. The legislators that can not pass a bill on social stipend to help the unemployed in the society is not worthy of allocating pension for themselves whether life or lump-sum. It only shows the level of wickedness been entrenched by our leaders

  • Wähala

    Banditos!
    Life pension for khaki and agbada David Mark ba?
    What’s in it for ordinary Nigerians? No social security/unemployment payments that even Gabon affords and we’re the biggest oil producer in Africa. Even Asylum seeker get paid $500/mo. and you wonder why people brave the desert to get out of hell. Life Pension after jumbo-pay… and Life Penury for suffer-heads. “Nigeria is a crime scene” – cr. @Dare