From Onwuka Nzeshi in Abuja, 06.25.2010
The House of Representatives yesterday demanded from President Goodluck Jonathan a new revenue allocation formula because the existing formula for the disbursement of revenue accruing to the Federation Account had become obsolete.
The House unanimously adopted a resolution on the issue and urged Jonathan to, without further delay, table before the National Assembly the revenue allocation formula earlier presented to him by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission in line with Section 162 (2) of the 1999 Constitution.In a motion brought before the House by Honourable Leo Ogor and 21 others, the House noted that the revenue allocation formula now in use is the “Allocation of Revenue (Federation Account, etc) Modification Order 2002” which has been modified twice but without the input of the National Assembly.
During the debate, Ogor argued that Section 162 92) of the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 empowers the President upon receipt of advice from the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and fiscal Commission shall table before the National Assembly proposals for revenue allocation from the Federation Account.According to him, Part1, paragraph 32 (b) of the Third Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 allows for the review of existing revenue formula and principles in operation to ensure conformity with changing realities.
He disclosed that the House was aware that in consonance with the relevant laws, the Revenue Mobilisation Allo-cation and Fiscal Commission has already presented the advice to the President on the proposals for a new Revenue Allocation Formula and expressed concern that Mr. President was yet to fulfil this constitutional responsibility.
Also yesterday, the House in the Committee of the Whole, resumed consideration of the report of its Special Ad-hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution on a Bill for an Act to establish the Independent National electoral Commission, regulate the conduct of Federal, State and Area Council elections and to repeal the Electoral Act 2006. Although it passed virtually all the recommendations and amendments, the passage of the bill has been deferred till another legislative day.
The postponement was to allow another Special Ad hoc Committee of the House to submit its report on the thorny issue of empowering the Independent National Electoral Commission to register and de-register political parties.
Meanwhile six new bills were presented to the House for first reading at Thursday’s plenary. They include Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Identification Bill 2010; National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation Act (Amendment) Bill 2010; Nigerian Anti-Dumping Bill 2010 ; National Emergency Management Agency Act (Amendment) Bill 2010; Industrial Training Fund (Amendment) Bill 2010 and Federal Parastatals Service Commission (Establishment) Bill 2010.