By Alex Okoro, Abuja

OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to institute a legal framework for smooth transfer of power from one government to another.

The consolidated Bill entitled “an Act to provide for Smooth and Orderly Transfer of Power from one government to another; and a Framework for the Documentation and Transmission of Handover Note from one Administration to Another and to Ensure the Publication of Same in the Official Gazette” was sponsored by the House majority leader, Femi Gbajabiamila and Mr. Omoregie Ihama during Wednesday’s sitting.

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Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos) while contributing to the bill said if it becomes an Act, it would facilitate hitch free transmission of power from one government to another.

Gbajabiamila blamed series of accusations and counter accusations recorded during the transfer of power from the previous administration to the incumbent on lack of legal framework to guide the process.

According to him, the bill makes provision for both a serving president and the president-elect to have their teams on both sides who will ensure a smooth transition process.

“This is necessary for them to review the handover notes and acquire knowledge of the activities of ministries, departments and agencies,’’ he said.

Gbajabiamila added that a section of the Bill has a provision for the creation of the office of Administration General who shall see the transition process after every general election.

The co sponsor of the bill, Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama (Edo, PDP) said that the framework would include the documentation and transmission of handover notes from one administration to another.

He added that it provides for the publication of same information in the official gazette.

He said: “This will enable every Nigerian to access the performance of the outgone government and know where the incoming government is taking over from.

The Minority leader of the House, Leo Ogor (PDP, Delta) hailed the bill, adding that it would address a lot of administrative issues related to power handover.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara referred the bill to the Committee on Justice.

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