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Lawmakers move to replace FCT Minister with Mayor

The House of Representatives is considering a bill to change the administrative structure of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The bill, sponsored by Dachung Musa Bagos (PDP, Plateau), seeks to remove the President as the Chief Executive Officer of the FCT and replace him with an elected Mayor, who will administer the FCT as the Chief Executive.

Mr Bagos’ bill is proposing the deletion of sections 301 (a and c) and 302 and introducing the new part II into the constitution.

The bill was introduced to the House on November 5, 2019.

As it is presently structured, the legislative powers over the territory are vested in the National Assembly, which means the power to make law for the FCT, is vested in the National Assembly.

The Executive power over the area is vested in the president, who may exercise the powers through the Minister of the FCT as provided by section 302.

Therefore, President Muhammadu Buhari is the governor and Yemi Osinbajo is the deputy governor.

The introduction of a mayor for the capital territory will relieve the president and vice-president of such duties.

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