Section 148, 149 and 150 of the 1999 Constitution: Meetings involving the President, Vice-President and Ministers and Creation of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation

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The 1999 Constitution

Section 148 (1)

The President may, in his discretion, assign to the Vice-President or any Minister of the Government of the Federation responsibility for any business of the Government of the Federation, including the
administration of any department of government.

(The President has the power to assign administrative responsibility to the Vice-President of any Minister regarding any business or department of the Government.)


Section 148 (2)

The President shall hold regular meetings with the Vice-President and all the Ministers of the Government of the Federation for the purposes of –

(The President should have regular meetings with the Vice-President and all the Ministers in regards the following: – )


Section 148 (2)(a)

determining the general direction of domestic and foreign policies of the Government of the Federation;

(When it relates to the general direction of local and foreign policies of the government.)


Section 148 (2)(b)

co-ordinating the activities of the President, the Vice-President and the Ministers of the Government of the Federation in the discharge of their executive responsibilities; and

(Meetings held in order to arrange the activities of the President, Vice-President and Ministers and in doing so, assist them in discharging their executive functions/ responsibilities.)


Section 148 (2)(c)

advising the President generally in discharge of his executive functions other than those functions with respect to which he is required by this Constitution to seek the advice or act on the recommendation of any other person or body.

(In those meetings, the Vice-President and or the Ministers can advise the President on how best to discharge his executive functions but this does not include functions which the Constitution has stated that the President should be advised or an on the recommendation of a Body or any other person.)


Section 149

A Minister of the Government of the Federation shall not enter upon the duties of his office, unless he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in this Constitution and has subsequently taken and subscribed the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office for the due execution of the duties of his office prescribed in the Seventh Schedule to this Constitution.

(Before a Minister can take up office as a Minister, such person must first declare his assets as stipulated by the Constitution and also take an Oath of Allegiance and Oath of Office.)


Section 150 (1)

There shall be an Attorney-General of the Federation who shall be the Chief Law Officer of the Federation and a Minister of the Government of the Federation.

(This section creates the office of the Attorney General of the Federation who is the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria and also mentions such person as a Minister.)

Section 150 (2)

A person shall not be qualified to hold or perform the functions of the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation unless he is qualified to practice as a legal practitioner in Nigeria and has been so qualified for not less than ten years.

(A person who is not qualified to practice law in Nigeria and has not practiced law for at least 10 (ten) years will not be qualified to hold or perform the functions of the Attorney-General of the Federation.)


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