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House of Reps constitution amendment committee strikes out immunity, grants autonomy to LGs

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House of Reps constitution amendment committee strikes out immunity, grants autonomy to LGs

by Solomon Osadolo

The House of Representatives constitution amendment committee chaired by the deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, said on Thursday that the committee has removed immunity from prosecution previously enjoyed by the President and state governors in its final report.

Ihedioha also disclosed that the committee threw out over 35 requests for new states, granted financial autonomy to local governments and approved independent candidacy in future elections. Also recommended by the committee was that a person who has lived in a community for a specific period of time should have the same rights as its citizens.

The House is now expected to harmonize the recommendation with the Senate ahead of the final amendment of the constitution.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, disclosed during the sitting that the House would consider and adopt the report of the committee before proceeding on annual recess.

“We shall consult with the leadership and look at the possibility of considering the report before we go on vacation,” he said.

He thanked the committee for their diligence, and said that copies of the amended constitution would be made available to members preparatory to the consideration of the report.

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