Senate Lawmakers want to have power to remove ministers

Olamilekan is also sponsoring a bill which will allow public officers to own and operate foreign bank accounts.

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The Nigerian Senate is seeking to share powers with the President by having the ability to remove non-performing ministers from office.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Solomon Olamilekan, who represents the Lagos West Senatorial District.

The bill is titled: “An Act to Amend The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 To Provide For The Consent Of the Senate/State House of Assembly  For the Removal Of A Minister Of the Government of the Federation/ Commissioner Of the Government Of  A State.”

If passed, the bill will alter Section 147 by inserting a new subsection (4) which will read:

“Any person appointed to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation may be removed from such office (by) the President for inability to discharge the functions of the office in question (whether arising from infirmity of mind or body) or for misconduct or for contravention of any Act of the Federation: Provided that the Senate concurs with such removal by a unanimous vote.”

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Olamilekan is also sponsoring a bill which seeks to change a constitutional provision that prevents public officers from owning or operating foreign bank accounts.

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