by Stanley Azuakola
There are reports that the senate committee on the amendment of the constitution headed by the deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, has included the controversial single six-year single term policy for governors and the president in its final report.
The committee also reportedly recommended abolishing the states and local government joint account so that local governments can subsequently receive their revenue allocations directly from the federation account.
Here’s how Citizens Platform reported the news:
According to a source, there is also a clause which prohibits release of revenue allocation to local governments that do not have elected council chairmen and councillors. The committee also recommended the scrapping of states’ electoral commissions (SIECs), and transferred the function to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The single term presidency has been a subject of dispute since 2005. It was believed that former president Olusegun Obasanjo was using it as a bid to extend his constitutional tenure.
The Senate committee’s report will be presented to plenary this week, Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu who also chairs the committee, has said.