Group Pro­poses Uni­cam­eral Leg­is­la­ture, Scrap­ping Of Se­nate

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Isa Ab­dul­salami Ahovi, Jos

THE Plateau Pro­gres­sive fo­rum (PPF) has sug­gested par­lia­men­tary form of gov­ern­ment for the coun­try as it opts for Uni­cam­eral Leg­is­la­ture, say­ing that the se­nate should be abol­ished.

The group also adopts zon­ing of po­lit­i­cal of­fices for the of­fices of the pres­i­dent and the gov­er­nors, rec­om­mend­ing one term of five years for each of them but that the pres­i­dent should have six vice pres­i­dents.

Alexan­der Kwap­noe, Nankin Bagudu, Batholomew Nyen­long, Dan­juma Us­man and Ibrahim Sale on be­half of the PPF, made their sug­ges­tions in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

The group also main­tained that all the items in the ex­clu­sive leg­isla­tive list as con­tained in the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion be moved to con­cur­rent leg­isla­tive list and resid­ual list.

On cre­ation and merger of states, it said the pro­ce­dure for the cre­ation of states and bound­ary ad­just­ment in the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion is too cum­ber­some which makes it im­pos­si­ble to cre­ate new states and ad­just bound­aries.

The group sug­gested that deriva­tion be in­creased from 13 per­cent to 20 per­cent. It also ad­vo­cated the delist­ing min­ing from the ex­clu­sive list and made a state af­fair while raw ma­te­ri­als got from min­ing should be pro­cessed form pri­mary to se­condary raw ma­te­ri­als through min­eral pro­cess­ing com­pa­nies be­fore they are ex­ported.

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