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Senate moves to change venue for presidential inaugurations

23 November 2016, 13:19

Abuja - In a move seen as part of a plan to further curtail the powers of the executive arm of the federal government, the Senate has commenced a process that would make the inauguration of the president and the vice president hold within the chambers of the National Assembly, Tribune reports.

The bill sponsored by the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, scaled its first reading on Tuesday.

Tagged: ‘Presidential inauguration Bill, 2016 (SB. 379)’, Ekweremadu said it was important to move the inauguration to the National Assembly in line with international best practices.

If the bill scales through, it therefore means the inauguration of the next president and his deputy would be done within the National Assembly.

Since 1999 when Nigeria commenced the current democratic journey, the inauguration of the president and his deputy have always held at the Eagles Square.

Ekweremadu’s spokesperson, Uche Anichukwu, later explained through a statement that the bill did not seek to preclude the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) from administering the oath of office on the president and vice president.

Instead, he said the bill seeks to make the inauguration take place at the Arcade of the National Assembly, where the people are represented.

Meanwhile the Senate has summoned the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu over unclear details of the oil deals he signed with China and India according to News24.

The Senate said during plenary on Tuesday that the minister should appear before its Petroleum Upstream Committee, Gas Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee to explain himself.

- News 24

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