The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the ongoing review of the constitution by the National Assembly will address foundational deficiencies in the 1999 Constitution to enable the country to enjoy the desired peace and prosperity.
He also called for collaboration between the National Assembly and the 36 state Houses of Assembly to make the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution successful.
Gbajabiamila, who spoke at a meeting of the Conference of Presiding Officers of Nigerian Legislatures (COPON) in Abuja at the weekend, also stated that the legislature remained the most important arm of government in any democratic setting.
He said the intention of the “wholesale review of our nation’s constitution” was “using the constitutional amendment process to address the foundational deficiencies in our constitution that continue to mitigate against the attainment of an honourable, peace and universal prosperity in our country.”
The Speaker said once the National Assembly was done with its part, it would forward the constitution review document to State Houses of Assembly for their own constitutional inputs.
“That process of constitutional review cannot succeed without strategic collaboration between all of us who are here today”, the Speaker said according to a statement issued yesterday by his media aide, Lanre Lasisi.