OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed a bill that fixes N100 million as the threshold of funds earmarked for activities involving transition of one administration to another.
According to the bill sponsored by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, the funds will be contained in the budget of the transition year and managed by a transition team.
This was part of the provisions of the proposed legislation which seeks to establish the Presidential Transition Office saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a smooth transition from one administration to another.
Speaking on the bill at the Committee of the Whole where it was considered and passed, Gbajabiamila noted that the intent behind the bill is to end the difficulties around transition as witnessed in 2015, and to make the process in line with international best practices.
Key provisions of the Bill
Clause 1 of the bill provides that two weeks after the emergence of a president-elect, the incumbent will create an office space at the Villa for 10 persons nominated by the president-elect to review all necessary documents as may be requested by the president-elect.
It also states that the incumbent president must constitute his presidential transition team and must incorporate the team designated by the president-elect and also provide him and his vice with a well-furnished office in the villa for smooth transition.
The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission shall determine the allowances of the transition team.
The bill will establish the Office of the Administrator General, to be appointed by the president, subject to confirmation by the Senate.
The job of the administrator will be to head the transition team and serve as custodian of all government assets and properties of the government.
His job will also include ensuring easy transfer of the assets.
The administrator can only be removed by the president on grounds of gross misconduct and approval by the Senate.
To run the transition, a sum not more than N100million will be appropriated to his office.
The appropriation, according to the bill, will be contained in the budget of the transition year, that is, election year, but the fund must not be used if the incumbent should win the election.
The bill also proposed a fine of N10 million for anyone who violates any part of its provisions.