A bill aimed at changing the administrative structure of the Federal Capital Territory is under consideration by the Federal House of Representatives.
The bill is seeking to remove the President as the Chief Executive Officer of the FCT and replace him with an elected Mayor, who will administer the FCT as the Chief Executive.
The bill is sponsored by Honourable Dachung Bagos, (PDP, Plateau).
Honourable Bagos is proposing the deletion of sections 301 (a and c) and 302 and introducing the new part II into the constitution.
The bill was introduced to the House on November 5, 2019.
To amend the constitution, a constitution amendment bill has to be passed by the national assembly, (Reps and Senate) with a minimum of 2/3rd of the entire members.
The rule is different in the case of state creation and boundary adjustment, which requires 4/5th of the members of each house to pass.
The copies of the bill passed must be harmonized (The wordings, the structure must be the same.)
The harmonized bills passed by the two chambers will then be sent to the state Houses of Assembly.
If 2/3rd of the Assemblies (24 states out of the 36 states) pass it, the copies will be returned to the National Assembly, which will then send it to the president for assent.
The president has two options; sign or decline.
Section 9 (1, 2) reads, “The National Assembly may, subject to the provision of this section, alter any of the provisions of this Constitution.
“An Act of the National Assembly for the alteration of this Constitution, not being an Act to which section 8 of this Constitution applies, shall not be passed in either House of the National Assembly unless the proposal is supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of all the members of that House and approved by resolution of the Houses of Assembly of not less than two-thirds of all the States.”