OrderPaperToday- Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have rejected the bill seeking to provide payment of life pension to presiding officers of the National Assembly.
The development took place during Tuesday’s plenary as the House considered the report of its Special Ad-hoc Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution.
Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Committee, Ahmed Idris Wase had earlier laid the report before the House.
“That the House do consider the Report of the Special Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution on a Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Provide Pension for Presiding Officers of the National Assembly; and for Related Matters and approve the recommendations therein.”
With lawmakers ready to vote on the amendment titled ‘Bill For An Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to expand immunity to the legislative and judicial arms of government; and for related matters’ shouts of “no, no, no, we no go gree” rent the air.
They vehemently opposed the bill in their numbers, as some of them stood up, thus, the bill failed to meet the mandatory 2/3 majority requirement of 240 votes cast when it was put to vote.
The bill also failed to scale through in the Senate.
Similarly, the bill seeking immunity for ranking officers of the Judicial arm of government was voted against.
Of the total 302 members that were present, 185 voted in favour while 111 voted against, hence the bill failed to get the 2/3 majority of 240 as required by the Constitution.