Committee on Constitution Review receives 250 memoranda
The Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, has received over 250 memoranda for consideration.
This was made known on Monday by chairman of the committee, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege who said the documents have been analysed.
According to him, the committee has received over 250 memoranda which have been analysed.
Omo-Agege, who is also the Deputy Senate President, stated this in Abuja at a news conference on the ongoing exercise.
He also said, “The committee has held several consultations and meetings to deliberate on the process and submissions in preparation for the Public Hearings at the national and zonal levels.
“Following from the analysis of the memoranda submitted, the issues have increased from 13 to 16, including Gender Equity/Increased participation of Women and Vulnerable Groups in governance, the Federal Structure in governance and Power Devolution, among others.”
Read also: Reps begin public hearing on constitution review June 1
He said the zonal public hearings would be held simultaneously at all the six geo-political zones on Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday 27.
“To bring the process closer to the people, the hearing will take place in two centres in each of the six geo-political zones: North Central having Jos, Plateau and Minna, Niger as centres.
“North East: Gombe and Bauchi centres; North West: Kaduna and Sokoto centres; South-East: Enugu and Owerri, Imo centres; South-South: Asaba, Delta and Bayelsa centres while South-West: Akure, Ondo and Lagos centres.
“After the zonal hearings, there will also be a National Public hearing in Abuja on Thursday, June 3 and Friday to give the opportunity to those especially government agencies and other stakeholders who could not attend the zonal hearings,” he said.
According him, funding will not impede the ongoing review of the constitution.
He said though the committee was still working with funds appropriated in the 2020 budget, funding was not a challenge to the all-important national assignment.
The Deputy Senate President also noted that the report would be presented to the National Assembly in July.
“In the 2021 Budget, we have not received an appropriation yet. I believe it was an oversight. So we are still working with the 2020 Budget.
“We are hoping that during the supplementary exercise, we will be accommodated,” he said.
By Mayowa Oladeji…
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
A tale of Kwara public school where pupils learn under the tree without chalkboards
“You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen.” – Vince Gowmon But...
SPECIAL REPORT: Indiscriminate waste dumps, open defecation pose threat of epidemic in Kwara as govt slow to act
Forty three-year-old Bilikis Abdulrahman covered her pineapple fruit she is selling inside a white bucket container. This, she does to...
SPECIAL REPORT: Women displaced by conflict in North-Central Nigeria become farm helps to survive
Displaced women finding refuge in Abagena camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Makurdi, Benue State have resorted to...
FEATURE: Kwara residents cry out for help as rainstorm devastates their homes
Phillip Moffitt, an American author, said: “the house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul”,...
SPECIAL REPORT: Small businesses suffer, as govts fail to end sit-at-home in Nigeria’s South-East
It is a Thursday afternoon in December 2022 and the sun is scorching inside the popular Ogbete Market in Enugu...