OrderPaperToday – The Senate has set up a conference committee to interface with the House of Representatives and resolve differences in the work of the two chambers on the amendment exercise of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Recall that the Senate voted on the amendments on 26th of July, 2017 while the House had a similar vote the next day.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki on Thursday announced members of the 7-man committee as follows: Senators Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe), Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia), Bala Na’allah (APC, Kebbi), Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi), Magnus Abe (APC, Rivers), and Biodun Olujimi (PDP, Ekiti). Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu (PDP, Enugu), chairs the team.
There were several contentious amendment clauses that were either approved or rejected by each chamber. These include: the reduction of age limits for elective offices (Not-Too-Young-To-Run), thirty-five percent affirmative action for women in appointive positions, appointment of a minister from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, citizenship and indigeneship and deletion of State Independent National Electoral Commission (SIEC) from constitution.
Others are: removal of lawmaking powers from Executive Arm on (National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), National Security Agency Act (NSA), National Electoral Complaints Commission, Land Use Act.