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Reps begin public hearing on Section 145 today

By Luka Binniyat
ABUJA – The House of Representatives would today start a two-day public hearing on a bill seeking to amend Section 145 of the 1999 constitution.

The public hearing is coming after the Reps have passed the amendment of the section into second reading penultimate Tuesday.

All the 36 Speakers of States Assemblies, and their states Attorney Generals are expected at today’s public hearing
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Dimeji Bankole has given a seven-day ultimatum to the House Committee on Appropriation to submit its report for consideration of the 2010 budget preparatory to its passage.

The committee yesterday irked the Speaker when it could not  deliver its report after it had been entered into the order paper of the day.

On the amendment of section 145, the Speaker announced  yesterday that very high profile lawyers and imminent Nigerians are expected to attend.

He said the hearing was organised for the speedy passage of  the bill as a way of solving the political logjam caused by the absence of the president.

According to the Speaker, the amendment would ensure that if within 21-days the President leaves the country without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly to that effect, the Vice President automatically assumes Acting President for the time the President would be away.

On the 2009 Appropriation Act, the Speaker had called on the Chairman of the House Appropriation  Committee, Hon. Ayo Adesuen to present his report to the House for consideration.

He called on his deputy, Mohammed Ashiru, who said the report was not ready, but that his committee needed two weeks to present it.

The Speaker rejected the request and gave a one week ultimatum for its presentation.


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