Gba­jabi­amila: N/As­sem­bly erred on de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Na­tional As­sem­bly erred in re­ject­ing de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers dur­ing vot­ing on the on­go­ing con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment process, House Leader Femi Gba­jabi­amila has said.

He said the er­ror was be­cause many items were ‘lumped’ to­gether un­der a sub-head­ing ti­tled ‘de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers.’

Gba­jabi­amila said the House might re­visit the mat­ter, on its re­sump­tion from an­nual re­cess in Septem­ber.

“Many of us will be ask­ing for the is­sue of de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers to be re­vis­ited upon re­sump­tion in Septem­ber. The demo­cratic process was played out as it should be dur­ing the vot­ing ex­er­cise. How­ever the process is on­go­ing and not con­cluded.

“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 sub­head ti­tled de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers. There were about 9 items in­clud­ing Rail­ways, Pen­sions, Ar­bi­tra­tion, Stamp Du­ties, Parks and oth­ers un­der the sub­head and mem­bers should have voted on each rather than vote in one fell swoop.”

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