The Senate has approved financial autonomy for States legislatures, Judiciary, and local governments in the country.
This approval was given on Tuesday during the voting on the report of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution ( 5thAlteration) Bill, 2022.
During the voting on the report, rejected pension for presiding officers of the legislature.
Out of a total number of 88 Senators registered to vote on the bill, 34 voted in support, while 53 were against the bill. Also rejected ere bills to override Presidential veto in Constitution Alteration and to override Presidential veto in respect of ordinary money bills.
The rejected bills require mandatory fourth-fifth (votes of 88Senators) and a two-thirds majority(votes of73 SSEnators) to pass, respectively.
The bill on procedures for overriding Presidential veto in Constitutional Alteration seeks to provide for the procedure for passing a constitution alteration bill, where the President withholds assent.
On the other hand, the bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution to provide the procedure for overriding executive veto in respect of money bills seeks to provide for the mode of exercising federal legislative power on money bills before the National Assembly.
While 94 Senators registered to vote on the bill to override a Presidential veto in Constitutional alteration,79 lawmakers of the Chamber voted in support and 15 against it. The bill fell short of the needed 88 votes (4th-5th requirement) to pass.
On the bill to override a presidential veto in respect of money bills, out of a total of 84 registered Senators, 44 voted in support, and 39 were against the bill. The bill also fell short of the required two-thirds requirement(73 Senators) to pass.
In addition, the Senate also rejected bills to provide for the removal of presiding officers of the Legislature and to change the name of Barikin Ladi Local Government Area in Plateau State to ‘’Gwol’’ Local Government Area.