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House Of Representatives To Impose Time Limit On Nomination Of Minsters

The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill that nomination for appointment of ministers should not be later than thirty days from when the president takes the oath of office.

The bill also seeks to provide that nomination for appointment of commissioners shall be made not later than 30 days from the date a governor is sworn in.

Presenting the bill, Solomon Adaelu said that the need to ensure improved efficiency in governance prompted the amendment bill which sought to alter sections 147 and 192.

According to him, sections 147 and 192 of the constitution are not explicit as to when the president or governors are to make the nominations for appointment of ministers and commissioners.

He said that attaching portfolios would facilitate effective screening and deliberation by the legislature on the competence of the nominated person for the particular role he would play in government.

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, referred the bill to special ad hoc Committee on Constitution Review.

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