NGF commends Senate over Electoral Act Bill re-amendment


The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has commended the Senate for the re-amendment of the Electoral Act Bill at a meeting in Abuja, on Wednesday.

The amendment of the bill gives room for direct, indirect, and consensus options in nominating candidates for the various political parties in the country.

The governors also applauded the senate for the amendment of Section 84 regarding the mode of candidate selection in the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.

On his part, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) chairman and Governor of Ekiti state urged the House of Representatives to do the same to the Electoral Bill by adding the consensus clause.

“On the Electoral Act, governors commended the Senate for accelerating the removal of the contentious clause in the draft Electoral Bill. We hope that the second chamber, the House of Representatives, will also follow suit so that the revised electoral bill can be returned to Mr President. This will enable various institutions, particularly INEC, to proceed with its responsibility concerning various elections in 2022 and 2023,” he said.

The NGF chairman added that the Forum also discussed issues surrounding the petroleum subsidy, COVID-19, nutrition, national security, among others. He disclosed that the governors intend to intervene on all of these issues with all relevant stakeholders in order to achieve positive outcomes.

“The Forum also discussed the issue around the petroleum subsidy and concluded to engage the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress on how best to address this issue without causing any disaffection, with a view to salvaging the economy for the Nigerian people at the end of the day. So, we shall be engaging the NLC as sub-nationals with a view to ensuring that the outcome of our engagements will also be fed into the national discourse.

“We also discussed the health update particularly to COVID-19 infection and expressed happiness that the current Omicron variant had been declining progressively. However, we also noted that there is a need for states to ramp up the COVID-19 vaccination exercise,” he said.

Regarding the fuel subsidy removal, the governors resolved to engage the organised labour on the best approach to avoid causing hardship to citizens.

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