Bill for six-year single term for Nigerian president, governors, pass second reading
London, Dec. 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s lower legislative chamber, the House of Representatives is considering an amendment to the Constitution to make the president and governors serve only a term of six years, reports the Punch
Members of the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly will also serve six years per tenure.
The proposal is contained in a bill sponsored by Mr John Dyegh from Benue State, which was considered for second reading at the plenary on Tuesday.
It is entitled ‘A Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, to Provide for a Single Term of Six Years for the President and Governors and a Six-Year Term for Members of the National Assembly and States Houses of Assembly.’
Members of the House are, however, divided over the proposal.
More Nigerians, old and young are canvassing the idea of a six year single term for the president and governors. A respected legal luminary, Afe babalola had written several articles to support the idea
Recently, a retired Permanent Secretary, Chief Robert Audu also backed the the adoption of a 6-yr single tenure, starting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Chief Audu, who served in several ministries, including Perm-Sec (Political) The Presidency, was also a member of the 2005 and 2014 political conferences.
“My reason is that we waste a lot of money on elections every four years. The expenditure on election is too much. For instance, we hear the president is asking for about N400 billion to conduct the 2019 elections. This is apart from all the support INEC receives from international organisations. This is a waste of resources. If we have six years of single term, in eight years, we would have saved the cost of conducting one election. The balance will be used for developmental projects,” he said.