Reps seek office of administrator-general for transition

Written by on December 17, 2015

repsMeanwhile, a bill for an orderly and smooth transfer of power from one government to another passed the second reading at the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The bill is co-sponsored by the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, and Mr. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama.


Its aim is to address the delays witnessed during a transition period when a new government is elected and the outgoing government prepares to leave office. The bill’s key feature is the establishment of the Office of an Administrator-General, whose duty is to oversee the transition period.


It vests in the administrator-general the responsibility of liaising with the outgoing President and the President-elect to ensure a smooth handover of power.


Leading debate on the bill, Gbajabiamila noted that the country has no legal framework on transition; a reason there was always strife between the outgoing government and the incoming officials. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, referred the bill to the Committee on Justice.

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