Constitution amendment: Presidents, govs to form cabinets within 60 days

NIGERIAN Presidents and state governors are now constitutionally mandated to form their cabinets within 60 days of assuming office.

The requirement is among the provisions of 16 Constitution amendment bills signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 17.

One of the new laws mandates Nigerian Presidents and governors to submit the names of persons nominated as ministers or commissioners within 60 days of taking the oath of office for confirmation by the Senate or State House of Assembly.

Other bills signed into law by the President include those that provide financial independence for state houses of assemblies and state judiciary, as well as the right to food and food security.

Some of the bills also aim to correct errors in the names of some local government areas, as well as in the definition of the boundary of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Bills seeking to regulate the first session and inauguration of members-elect of the National and State Houses of Assembly, delete the reference to provisions of criminal codes, and move the item “railways” from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent Legislative List were also signed into law.



    Additionally, the one of the bills deleted the reference to “prisons” in the Exclusive Legislative List and re-designated it as “Correctional Services” in the Concurrent Legislative List.

    They also provide for the post-call qualification of the Secretary of the National Judicial Council and exclude the period of intervening events in the computation of time for determining pre-election petitions, election petitions, and appeals.

    The President also assented to three other bills, namely the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology Act, the Nigerian Institute of International Relations Act, and the Federal Medical Centers (Amendment) Acts.

    All the assented bills will soon be published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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