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President, Governors Now Mandated To Name Cabinet Within 60 Days




Idris Wase, deputy speaker of the house of representatives, says President Muhammadu Buhari has signed 16 constitutional amendment bills into law.

In a statement issued on Friday, Wase, who is the chairman of the house committee on constitution amendment, commended Buhari, saying the laws grant more powers to the states.

The bills signed into law include financial independence for state houses of assemblies and state Judiciary.

Others include bills that seek to remove railway, prison, and electricity from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

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Buhari also signed a bill that requires the president and governors to submit the names of persons nominated as ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for confirmation by the senate or state house of assembly.

With the new law, Bola Tinubu, President-elect, will have to name his cabinet within 60 days after taking the oath of office on May 29, and transmit it to the senate for confirmation.

In January this year 2023 it was reported that 35 constitutional amendment bills were passed and transmitted to Buhari for assent.

A total number of 44 bills were transmitted to the state house of assemblies by the national assembly but only 35 were approved by 24 states.

Financial and legislative autonomy for local governments were among the bills not approved by the states.


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