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‎A bill by the Senate that would enforce inauguration of President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria within the precinct of the National Assembly has scaled through first reading on Tuesday.

The Bill is known as the “Presidential Inauguration Bill, 2016”.

It was sponsored by Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and was taken at first reading during Senate plenary on Tuesday.

Moving the presidential inauguration from the Eagles Square to the National Assembly would be “in tandem with international best practices as obtained in the United States of America, USA, and many other democracies”.

The details were according to a statement issued by Senator Ekweremadu’s media aide, Uche Anichukwu.

The bill also “provides for the setting up of a Presidential Inauguration Committee.

“[This] shall consist of a serving Member of the National Assembly as Chairman, six members drawn from the Legislature, two from the Executive, two from the Judiciary, and two from the Civil Society.

“Section 7 provides for a Procession with the President, while former Presidents, former Heads of State, former Heads of Federal Government, former Vice Presidents, Former Senate Presidents, former Speakers of the House of Representatives, and former Chief Justices of the Federation, follow.

“The Bill further provides for the President-elect and Vice President-elect to be the last to come, accompanied by their immediate families and also to be supported by their spouses, serving President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives at the point of swearing-in.”

A date is expected to be fixed by the Rules and Business Committee of the Senate for the Second Reading of the Bill during its general principles will come serious scrutiny by senators.‎

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