Reps To Revisit Devolution Of Power In September


The House of Representatives has said that it would review the 1999 Constitution again in September, particularly the controversial rejection of devolution of power to the 36 states.

Femi Gbajabiamila, leader of the House, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday.

The chamber is currently on a seven-week annual vacation and will reconvene on September 19.

The Senate and the Reps had voted against devolution of power last week Thursday to the dismay of many Nigerians.

But Gbajabiamila stated that members would revisit the issue when the lawmakers resume from vacation. He noted that mistakes were made in lumping of all the items on devolution under one proposal.

“Under our rules, we do have a mechanism which allows for rescission of a decision when appropriate or when new unknown facts emerge.

“For me, it was a mistake or oversight to have lumped all items for devolution under one umbrella or sub-head titled devolution of powers. There were about nine items including railways, pensions, arbitration, stamp duties, parks and others under the sub-head and members should have voted on each rather than vote in one fell swoop.” He said.

He added, “I believe each item should stand or fall on its own merit. It is important to note that devolution of power is a baby step and the simplest form of reconstruction, not a surgical dismemberment of our country.

“We must feel the pulse of the nation in moments like this.”


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