Constitution review panel begins work

Combing the shelves, the Senate may fall back on the 2014 National Conference Report, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege,  has hinted.

The conference was convened under ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and chaired by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Idris Kutigi.

Omo-Agege, at the inauguration of the Senate Committee on the review if the Constitution, said recommendations of the All Progressives Congress panel on restructuring which was chaired by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State would also be considered.

The 2014 national conference had proposed solutions to a number of the country’s challenges.

The deputy Senate president said the committee would also consider altering the sixth schedule of the constitution to provide for the establishment of pre-election matters tribunal, governorship pre-election matters tribunals and presidential pre-election matters tribunal.

“This committee will consider the recommendations of the 2014 constitutional conference and the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led committee on restructuring.

“We would also liaise with our counterparts in the House of Representatives, State Houses of Assembly and collaborate and build consensus with all stakeholders to ensure synergy. Development partners will also play pivotal roles through counsel, workshops, conferences and interactions.

“It will suffice to say that an assignment of this magnitude demands diligence and commitment. So, as we embark on this very important legislative assignment, let us use this opportunity to build consensus on constitutional issues that will impact the lives of the people of our great country Nigeria.

“We must get it right for the good of our people and the unity of our great country. The Nigerian people deserve no less”, said the Deputy Senate President.

Earlier, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said the review of the constitution would give Nigeria an opportunity to be better.

“We do not just envisage a country where citizens will feel fulfilled, but also one where happiness, peace and prosperity will come with it,” Lawan said.

President Muhammadu Buhari had jettisoned the confab report, saying the report should remain in the archives

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