The Nigerian Senate yesterday voted for the deletion of the National Youth Service Corps act from the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It means the NYSC decree will now be amended, with many hoping that the entire program will be scrapped.
The NYSC was established after the Nigerian Civil War to help foster national unity, but many feel it has outlived its purpose.
The Senate also voted yes to reducing the minimum age for contesting in elections, following the campaign of the #NotTooYoungToRun bill.
The minimum age for contesting for Presidency is currently 40, while its is 30 for governors and other elective offices.
See the summary of the Senate’s activities below.
Bill No. 1: To allow former lawmakers be Members of the Council of States, 95 Senators voted yes.
Bill No. 2: For authorization of expenditure. 93 voted in support.
Bill No. 3: Devolution of power to states. While 56 voted yes, 48 voted nay and one abstained. The proposal failed to meet 2/3 required for it to pass through the process
Bill No. 4: For financial autonomy of state legislature. 90 Senators voted yes.
Bill No. 5: To grant distributable account for local government’s to have their own special accounts. 84 Senators voted yes.
Bill No. 6: Support of Democratic Existence funding and tenure of local government council. 88 of the members of the Red Chambers voted yes.
Bill No. 7: In terms of State creation and boundary adjustment, it almost went into a tie as 47 voted yes, while 48 voted no. The bill was dropped.
Bill No. 8: Immunity for legislators for Acts in course of Duty. 93 Senators voted yes.
Bill No. 9: In the case of political parties and electoral, including the time to conduct by-elections and power to deregister parties, 90 senatos voted yes.
Bill No. 10: Presidential assent of bills. 95 Senators voted yes.
Bill No. 11: 75 Senators voted yes in support of submission of names ministerial nominees. 78 voted yes in the case of submission of their portfolios. 84 votes also for state commissioners, 87 for their portfolios; 49 voted in support of 35% affirmative action for women as ministers.
Bill No. 12: The bill for the appointment of Minister from the FCT. 77 senators voted yes in support.
Bill No. 13: For change of names of some local government councils: Ebonyi, Oyo, Ogun, Plateau and Rivers. 84 Senatoes voted yes.
Bill No. 14: In the case of independent candidacy, 82 Senators voted in support.
Bill No. 15: The change of name for the Police from “Nigeria Police Force” to “Nigeria Police”. 87 voted in support.
Bill No. 16: The bill seeking to restrict the tenure of a President or a Governor. 88 supported it.
Bill No. 17: For the separation of the Office of the Accountant-General. 89 voted yes.
BIll No. 18: That the office of the Auditor-General will be included in first line chat of consolidated revenue. 95 voted yes.
Bill No. 19: For separation of office of the Attorney-General from the Minister/Commissioner of Justice. 95 voted yes.
Bill No. 20: For submissions form the Judiciary to ensure speedy delivery of justice. 95 voted yes.
Bill No. 21: For determination of pre-election matters. 97 voted yes in support.
Bill No. 22: On the bill for Civil Defence. 97 voted yes.
Bill No. 23: 97 voted yes in the case of citienship in line with indigenship.
Bill No. 24: 87 voted yes in the case of procedure for overriding presidential veto in constitutional alteration.
Bill No. 25: The removal of the law-making powers of the Executive from the Constitution. 89 voted yes.
Bill No. 26: For Investments and Securities Tribunal. 76 voted yes.
Bill No. 27: 86 supported a reduction of age for election.
Bill No. 28: For authorisation of expenditure time frame for laying appropriation bill, passage and so on. 94 voted in support.
Bill No. 29: For deletion of the NYSC Decree from the Constitution. 88 voted in support.
Bill No. 30: 90 voted yes in support of deletion of Public Complaints Commission Act from the Constitution.
Bill No. 31: 92 voted yes so National Security Agencies will be deleted from the Constitution.
Bill No. 32: 46 voted yes in support of the deletion of Land Use Act from the Constitution.
Bill No. 33: 73 voted yes in support that INEC be deleted from the 199 constitution.