House To Restrict FG Powers On arms, Customs, National Awards, Other Privileges

The House of Representatives is working towards stripping the Federal Government of its exclusive powers on issues of arms, ammunition, explosives, award of national honour, vacations and other dignities.

The House also focused on issues on defence, diplomatic, consular and trade representation, as well as the fixing of public holidays, budget, prisons, customs and excise duties, among others. A major implication of the constitutional move is a major restructuring of the current revenue formula, which gives a majority 52% to the central government.

According to the speaker of the House, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, the ultimate move to achieving this major constitutional shift, was the ongoing efforts by the legislators to move all the items currently on the exclusive list, as contained in the second schedule of the 1999 Constitution, to the concurrent list, with the ultimate target being the residual list.

While items under the exclusive list are under the sole purview of the Federal Government, powers on concurrent items are shared by the central and state governments, while residual power belongs to both states and local government councils.



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