House considers bill to decentralise Exclusive Legislative List

The Nigerian House of Representatives is to alter sections of the country’s constitution to devolve to States some items on the Exclusive Legislative List as measures to enshrine true federalism.

A Bill for an Act to Alter Part 1 of the Second Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has already passed second reading at the House to unbundle some critical sectors that are hitherto in Exclusive Legislative List.

Leading debate, Muhammad Tahir Munguno explained that police, railway transportation, solid minerals sector and power should be moved to Concurrent Legislative List to allow States operate, to fast track National economic development.

Contributing, Mr. Rotimi Ogunsoya said for any nation to prosper, States should have the power to legislate on critical issues that would propel its growth and development.

Members were unanimous that the bill was long overdue and pledged support and cooperation to move Nigeria to where it ought to have been.

Source: Voice of Nigeria