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Senate sets 24 months for constitution review exercise

The Senate Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution has set 24 months to complete the exercise. It also said the parliament…

The Senate Ad hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution has set 24 months to complete the exercise.

It also said the parliament was not out to rewrite the nation’s constitution.

The chairman of the committee, who is also Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, stated this Wednesday during the inaugural meeting of the 47-member panel.

He said the committee will work in synergy with that of the House of Representatives to amend the constitution.

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Barau said, “We will be guided by the laws and rules of legislative business, including precedence where it does not conflict with any known rule, while also being innovative where we can.

“The committee will strongly consult and engage critical stakeholders in a way that will ensure that bills passed by the National Assembly will be approved by the state houses of assembly and assented to by Mr President. “It is important to note that the committee is not constituted to rewrite the 1999 Constitution but to process proposed amendments to it, and we will strive to conclude this assignment within the next 24 months.”

A member of the committee, Senator Adamu Aliero (PDP Kebbi), admonished the members to avoid controversial issues that may not sail through if included in the exercise.

 

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