Restructuring: Representatives can allow states to control railways, electricity, etc.

Posted by on Oct 18, 2020, Under: News

Restructuring: Representatives can let states control railways, electricity, etc.

The federal government could lose some of its powers in favor of the federal states, including sole control over the energy sector, railways, among others, with the ongoing constitutional revision by the National Assembly.

The House of Representatives is considering transferring power from the central government to the states through some bills aimed at moving items from an exclusive legislative list to a competing list.

Three bills sponsored by Babajimi Benson passed their first reading on Wednesday.

The first bill seeks, inter alia, to amend the second program in part 11 of the Constitution, in particular Articles 13 and 14, to allow public and private organizations to participate in the “production, transmission and distribution of electricity within a state or state to any other state with the consent of the relevant state governments. “

An explanatory note to the proposal states: “This bill seeks to amend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Law (No. 24) 1999 (as amended) in order to provide state governments with simultaneous legislative powers similar to those of government over electricity and within their states or from one state to another subject to the consent of the respective state governments. “

Another bill also seeks to amend the second program of the Constitution “so that the federal and state governments have competing legislative powers over railways and related matters.”
The third bill seeks to amend section 315 (5) (d) of the Constitution “to remove the land tenure law from the acts listed in this section to make the amendment flexible and similar to other acts of the Law. National Assembly. “
Speaking to our reporter on Friday, Benson, who is chairman of the House Defense Committee, linked the ongoing nationwide protests against Nigeria’s special anti-robbery team with the fault of the country’s government.
When asked if he really was pushing for a handover, Benson said, “Yes, this is trying to make states more resilient. The # EndSARS protests showed that we need to think outside the box and create opportunities for our young people with many children.

“The transfer of powers, the division of the exclusive list – this is how I think we can influence the states. We are reorganizing states so that they are more productive and can do what will increase the welfare of our gross domestic product.
“If we transfer power and can force the state to create its own power, this will have a catalytic effect on the socio-economic value of this state. The same is for the railroad; if states can connect rail lines with the federal government, it will only keep us moving forward.

When reminded that the Eighth National Assembly’s attempt to amend the Land Use Law had failed, this time the legislature made a decision.
“I think so (it will pass), with better education and lobbying. In developed countries, every piece of land has a title, even a small stall. You can then transfer the asset or ownership to the bank to borrow money and use it to grow your business. In Nigeria, about 30% of our property holds title deeds. This is due to the central bureaucracy we have. “
On Thursday, the House of Representatives opened its ad hoc committee to review the 1999 constitution.

Vice-President and Chairman of the House of Representatives Constitutional Review Commission Ahmed Wase, who said that the commission had received more than 15 bills, said that it borders on restructuring the governance structure, decentralizing the current police system. , the autonomy of local governments and the judiciary, among others.

Source: – Punchng