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Presidency kicked aside as Senate gives state governors power to control prisons, railways, pension, others

 

Senate has whittled down the powers of the Presidency in an ongoing Constitution review by moving certain items from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List.

 

The amendment was known when the Red Chamber received an interim status report of its Constitution Review Committee (CRC) chaired by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

 

Ekweremadu said the Second Schedule, Part I and II of the Constitution has been altered to decongest the Exclusive Legislative List in order to give more powers to the states of the Federation.

 

He said the move will enhance the principle of federalism and good governance. Ekweremadu said pensions, prisons, railways, stamp duties and wages have been moved from the Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List.

 

He added that arbitration, environment, healthcare, housing, road safety, land and agriculture, youths and public complaints were also added to the Concurrent List of the Constitution.

 

According to Ekweremadu, the full draft of the constitution amendment bill will be ready, after harmonisation with the House of Representatives, on grey areas.