Bill to Establish Single Board for Paramilitary Agencies Passes Second Reading in House

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A bill seeking to establish the board that would provide policy direction, appoint, promote and exercise disciplinary control over officers of the paramilitary agencies, yesterday, passed the second reading in the House of Representatives.

The Executive Bill titled, “A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Immigration and Prisons Services Board Act, Cap. 12, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and Enact the Civil Defence Corps, Correctional, Federal Fire and Immigration Services Board Act, to Provide Policy Direction to the Corps and Services and Appoint, Promote and Exercise Disciplinary Control over Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Fire Service, Nigeria Correctional Service and Nigeria Immigration Service,” was sponsored by the Majority Leader, Hon Alhassan Ado-Doguwa.

According to the draft of the bill, “Clause 12 provides that the Board may, with the approval of the Minister, make staff regulations for the Civil Defence Corps, Correctional, Federal Fire and Immigration Services (“the Corps and Services”), relating generally to the conditions of service and providing for – appointment, promotion and disciplinary control, including dismissal; salaries, allowances and fringe benefits; appeals by such staff against dismissal or other disciplinary measures; and such other matters, as may be considered necessary for the staff of the Corps and Services and for the efficient performance of the functions of the Board under this Act.

According to the draft of the bill, “Clause 12 provides that the Board may, with the approval of the Minister, make staff regulations for the Civil Defence Corps, Correctional, Federal Fire and Immigration Services (“the Corps and Services”), relating generally to the conditions of service and providing for – appointment, promotion and disciplinary control, including dismissal; salaries, allowances and fringe benefits; appeals by such staff against dismissal or other disciplinary measures; and such other matters, as may be considered necessary for the staff of the Corps and Services and for the efficient performance of the functions of the Board under this Act.

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The Bill was, however, voted on, passed for second reading and referred to the House Committee on Interior for further legislative action.

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