Constitution review: Governors want state police, others

The National Assembly and 24 governors are locked in a face-off over the refusal of 24 Houses of Assembly to pass some bills.

It was learned yesterday that a total of 44 Constitution amendment Bills were transmitted to the houses of assembly in March this year.

However, the 24 Houses of Assembly told the apex legislative body that they would only consider and pass the bills if four additional bills proposed by them are passed and added to the original 44 bills before them.

The four new Bills seek to establish State Police, and State Judicial Council, Streamline the procedure for removing Presiding Officers of Houses of Assembly and Institutionalize Legislative Bureaucracy in the Constitution.

The Chairman of the Senate Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Ovie Omo-Agege, who spoke with reporters in Abuja, said the action of the Houses of Assembly was instigated by their governors.

The conference was organized by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitution Review.

However, neither the Chairman n, of the House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, Ahmed Wase, nor any member of the committee from the Green Chamber was present at the briefing.

Omo-Agege lamented that only 11 states have considered and performed their constitutional role of passing amendments to the constitution.



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