Buhari Assents Bill Mandating President, Govs-Elect To Appoint Cabinet In 60 Days

President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the bill that mandates the President-elect and governors-elect to submit the names of persons nominated as ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for approval by the Senate or State House of Assembly.

He also consented to the State Houses of Assembly Financial and State Judiciary autonomy bills and 14 other constitutional amendment bills, alongside three other bills.

This, according to the Presidency, is in accordance with Section 58 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Babajide Omoworare, in a statement on Friday, made this known.

The highlights of the consented Constitutional review Bills, among others, are ensuring financial independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary; regulating the first session and induction of members- elect of the National and State Houses of Assembly and for related matters.

The statement read, “Others are ensuring that the President and governors submit the names of persons nominated as ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for evidence by the Senate or State House of Assembly; and for related matters; enabling states induce, transmit, and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid and for related matters.

Eliminating the period of intervening events in the calculation of time for determining pre-election matters desires, etc; regulating the first session and induction of members-elect of the public and state assemblies; changing prisons to corrective service and re-designate corrective service in the concurrent list; and moving item “railway” from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.”

The President also consented to three other bills The Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology Act, The Nigerian Institute of International Relations Act, and The Federal Medical Centres (Amendment) Act.

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