Nigeria: Constitution Review – Don Suggests Single Five-Year Term for Executives

Asaba — A professor of Political Science, Isawa Elaigwu has recommended that the 1999 constitution of Nigeria be amended to provide a single five-year term for all chief executives at all tiers of government.

The don, who was once a lecturer at the University of Jos, was speaking at the weekend in Asaba, Delta State Capital, during the just concluded retreat on the amendment of the 1999 constitution, organised by the Senate Committee on Constitution Review.

He stressed that none of the incumbent chief executives should benefit from such a provision.

He said: “One of the greatest problems in Nigeria now is self-succession. I therefore recommend a single five-year term for all chief executives at all tiers of government. Clearly, any leader who cannot deliver promises he/she made in five years is in debt. Six or seven year-single term for chief executives in Nigeria seems too long to many Nigerians.

“I also suggest that no one currently serving as a chief executive shall benefit from this constitutional provision. A single term chief executive produces less political acrimony, more time to concentrate on service delivery, less form of democratic deficits, less pressure on public treasury and greater political stability”.

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