Constitution Review: Northern Governors Reject 5 Years Single Term, State Police
The Northern Governors Forum comprised of Governor from the 19 Northern State has come out with what may make the ongoing review of the 1999 as amended a waste of public funds and exercise in futility if the position canvassed by them is anything to go by.
The Northern governors at the end of their meeting in Abuja yesterday rejected three vital provisions that would go a long way in strengthening democracy and good governance in Nigeria. The governors who had earlier agreed to call for establishment of state police did not only back out their agreement, but equally rejected any move that will reduce the tenure of president and governors as well as the remove immunity clause from the constitution.
In a communique signed by Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State Alhaji Babangida Aliyu, the governors said nothing must happen to the current extant provision of the Constitution “that provides for two terms of four years for President and Governors”, adding that the status quo must “be maintained.” Also to remain on the status quo, according to them, is the” immunity clause as enshrined in Section 308(3).”
On the creation of state police, the communiqué reads. “The Forum is not in support of creation of State Police. It however resolved to prevail on the Federal Government to embark on Police Reform that will assist the states in control and management of police affairs, and sound philosophy of modern policing by amending the provision of Section 215.”
It would be recalled that the senate committee retreat held in Asaba, Delta state had last week looked at the need for the for the reduction of the tenure of the President and governors to a single term of five years, while the senate president David Mark called for the creation of state police, a position that had earlier been agreed upon and presented as a joint demand of the Nigerian Governors Forum in their communique issued in one of their recent meetings.