The House of Representatives on Thursday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the appointment of 15 Special Advisers in accordance with the provisions of Section 151 of 1999 Constitution (as amended).
To this end, the House resolved to transmit its resolution to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for concurrence, as proposed by Hon. Ado Doguwa, Majority Leader.
In his lead debate, Hon. Doguwa noted that the President’s request was in pursuant to the provisions of Section 151(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).
According to him, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has the power to appoint any person as a Special Adviser to assist him in the performance of his functions.
“The House notes that the President, in a message on 9 July 2019 to the House of Representatives requested for the approval of the House to appoint fifteen (15) Special Advisers.
“The House is aware that Section 151 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 empowers the National Assembly to prescribe by law or resolution the number of such Advisers and their remuneration and allowances.
“The House is also aware that Section 2, Part 1 (B) of the Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc.) (Amendment) Act, 2008 prescribes the remuneration and allowances of such Special Advisers,” he noted.