Following the rising insecurity across the nation, and the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari, to address the nation, on what plans the Federal government is taking to address the security challenges, even when summoned by the National Assembly.
The members of the green chambers, House of Representatives, have passed a bill seeking to mandate President Buhari and other presidents the nation will elect, to address the nation on security, economy, implementation of Appropriation law and social justice, every six months.
The bill which is sponsored by Hon. Ben Rollands Igbakpa, who who represents Ethiope Federal constituency of Delta State, is titled, “State of the Nation Address Bill, 2020.
The State of the Nation Address Bill, 2020, among other things seeks, “to make provision for State of the Nation address by the President and for other matters, 2020.
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“Be it enacted by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as follows: The President shall not later than six months from the date of enactment of the Appropriation Act by the National Assembly, address a joint session of the National Assembly on the State of the Nation.
“The President shall address the joint session aforesaid on such issues, including but not limited to national security, the economy, budget performance, foreign policy and social justice.”
The Bill also states that a two-third majority vote of the Senate and House of Representatives shall summon the President to address the nation, pursuant to the provision of the bill, when passed.
“Where the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria fails, neglects or refuses to render the State of the Nation address within the time stipulated by Section 1 of this bill, the National Assembly may by resolution supported by 2/3 majority votes of members of the Senate and House of Representatives, summon the President to address the nation, pursuant to the provisions of this bill.
“The President’s address shall be debated by the National Assembly and the resolution of the National Assembly shall be communicated to the President within 60 days from the date of such address.”
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Though the bill was introduced in 2020, it has passed first reading, which according to Hon. Ben, shall quickly pass second reading, public hearing and third reading for good governance of Nigeria.
The Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker said it was regrettable that President Buhari has on different occasions failed to address the National Assembly and Nigerians on incessant killings going on in the country.
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