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Bill Proposing Regional Government in Nigeria Expected Before October, Set to Shake Up Political Landscape

In a groundbreaking development, a draft bill proposing the implementation of a regional government in Nigeria is expected to be passed into law before October 1, 2024. The bill, currently under review in the National Assembly, aims to substitute the Annexure to Decree 24 of 1999 with a new governance model for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

While the identities of the bill’s sponsors remain undisclosed, excerpts from the draft bill have been circulating on social media platforms. Titled “A Bill for an Act to Substitute the Annexure to Decree 24 of 1999 with a New Governance Model for the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the proposed legislation, once enacted, will be known as the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria New Governance Model for Nigeria Act 2024.

The proponents of this bill argue that the current Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended) lacks an “autochthonous” nature, as it does not originate from the collective deliberations and consensus of the Nigerian people. To address this concern, the proposed constitutional amendment will undergo a “yes or no” referendum vote, allowing the Nigerian populace to express their opinions.

A portion of the draft bill, obtained by Golden Nation Multimedia, states that Nigeria has been governed under Decree 24 of 1999, which was imposed by the military government without the express consent of the people, despite its opening phrase, “We the people.” The bill emphasizes the need for a constitution that truly reflects the aspirations of the Nigerian people.

The proposed governance model seeks to establish a Federal/Regional System of Government, granting the Federal and Regional governments the discretion to operate within the provisions of this Constitution. Importantly, it allows ethnic blocs within the states comprising a given region to have control over their own affairs, whether as Provinces, Divisions, or Districts.

Furthermore, the draft bill introduces the notion that the 1999 Constitution, as amended, is merely a schedule of a military decree and should be considered an Act of the National Assembly. Consequently, the National Assembly possesses the authority to amend or repeal it as necessary, invoking the doctrine of necessity to ensure good governance in Nigeria.

Under the proposed governance structure, Nigeria would be a Federation comprised of Regional Territories and a Federal Capital Territory, officially known as the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The territorial jurisdiction of Nigeria would be defined by international agreements, ensuring the rights of every Ethnic Nationality and People to self-determination within their respective territories.

In addition, the draft bill emphasizes the importance of self-government and equitable representation for all Ethnic Nationalities and People in Nigeria. It envisions the establishment of institutions of government within their inhabited territories and guarantees their fair participation in both Federal and Regional Governments.

As this historic bill moves through the legislative process, it is expected to undergo rigorous debates and scrutiny. Nonetheless, if successfully passed into law, it has the potential to reshape the governance structure of Nigeria, empowering regional entities and fostering a more inclusive and representative system.

The eyes of the nation are now fixed on the National Assembly, eagerly awaiting further developments in this significant legislative endeavor that could redefine the future of governance in Nigeria.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
Multimedia Expert, Journalist, and Singer.


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