Security Services Welfare Infrastructure Development Commission Bill, 2015
OBJECTIVE OF THE BILL
The objectives of the Bill are to
NUMBER OF CLAUSES
The Bill has 16 Clauses including citation and interpretation.
The Bill applies to Security Services’ welfare infrastructure, which includes housing, transport, utilities, education and healthcare (Clause 6(2))
GENERAL PROVISIONS OF THE BILL
1. Establishment of the Security Services Welfare Infrastructure Development Commission (“the Commission”): -
The Bill establishes the Commission, which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession, a common seal, may sue and sued in its corporate name; and shall have a management to be appointed by the President subject to the confirmation by the Senate.
2. Composition of the Management: -
The Chairman shall be a person who has attained the rank of at least a Brigadier-General or its equivalent and retired from active service in any of the security services.
3. Tenure of Office: -
A commissioner shall hold office for a period of 4 years and shall be eligible for re-appointment for a further period of 4 years and no more (Clause 4). The terms (remuneration, salaries and allowances) of service shall be that prescribed by the National Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission
4. Cessation of Membership of the Commission: -
A Commissioner may cease to be a member if: -
The Chairman and Commissioners shall hold office subject to the terms stipulated in their letters of appointment.
5. Functions of the Commission: -
The functions of the Commission shall be to:
6. Powers of the Commission: -
The Commission shall have the power to:
7. Supplementary Provision of the Bill: -
The supplementary provisions contained in the schedule to this Bill shall have effect with respect to the proceedings of the Commission and other matters contained therein.
8. Delegation of Powers: -
The Commission may delegate any of its powers under this Bill in such condition as it may deem fit:
9. Fund of the Commission: -
The Commission shall establish and maintain a fund, which shall be applied towards the promotion of the functions specified in this Bill. The sources of the fund shall include: -
The Commission may use the fund to defray all expenses in connection with the performance of its functions; remuneration, fees and allowances of the Commissioners; fees, salaries, pension and gratuity of officers, and other officer under the authority of the Commission
10. Annual Report of the Commission: -
The Commission shall within 3 months after the end of each financial year, submit to the President an annual report with regard to the functions, affairs and financial position of the Commission in respect of that financial year. The annual report shall include: -
The President shall within 30 days of receiving the report submit it to the National Assembly (Clause 13(4))
11. Jurisdiction : -
The Federal High Court shall have jurisdiction in any dispute arising out of or in the performance of the function of the Commission (Clause 14(2)). When the Bill is passed into law and becomes effective, any provisions of the law for the time being in force, which relates to functions and powers of the Commission, shall stand repealed.
CONCLUDING ISSUES OF THE BILL
This Bill seeks to establish the Security Services Welfare Infrastructure Development Commission, to provide among others, management and review the state of welfare infrastructure of the security services. This Bill under Clause 6(2) defines “welfare infrastructure” to include housing, transport, utilities, education and healthcare.
One of the functions of the Bill is to maintain a fund to be constituted from 5% of the Federation Account to be allocated for that purpose, and deploy such fund for the development of security services welfare infrastructure. The Commission shall determine the method for developing the welfare needs of every unit of the security services as well procure movable or immovable property for them.
Though the welfare infrastructure of security services is very important, establishing another government agency is not. The security services have administrative divisions that cater to each unit, and so a separate entity that would do what is already being done is not advisable. However, if the administrative units are not performing optimally, they could be strengthened for better results.