11 November 2012

Nigeria: Edo Constituency Wants Immunity Clause Removed

In Edo State, the people of Oredo federal constituency yesterday endorsed 22 of the 38 items listed on the template for the public people's public section on the review of the constitution.

Majority of the considerations were through voice vote while some was adopted through the raising of hands.

Top of the issues was the rejection of state/local government joint account and removal of immunity provision for the president, vice-president, governor, deputy governor except on matters of civil proceedings and rejection of state police

They also voted for the amendment of Section 315(5)(a) and (d) removing the NYSC Act, the Land Use Act, Public Complaints Commission Act and the National Security Agencies Act from the constitution, but voted for financial autonomy for state legislatures.

The public session which took place at Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Airport Road, Benin City voted for the provision of independent candidate during election.

On true federalism, where states control 50 percent of their resources and pay the balance to the federal government, the people of Oredo federal constituency were unanimous.

They also concurred that the derivation components of the revenue allocation be increased to at least 20 percent, but rejected a role for traditional rulers, especially having representatives in the National Council of State.

The facilitator and member, representing Oredo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr.Razaq Bello-Osagie, said the 1999 constitution was a creation of the military and so there were certain areas that were not addressed.

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