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Senate suspends plenary for constitution review

By News Desk

As part of measures aimed at allowing parliamentarians to participate in zonal public hearing across Nigeria, the National Assembly has suspended plenary for one week.

Addressing lawmakers during plenary on Wednesday, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said that the exercise would hold in 12 centres across the country on 26 and 27th of May.

“We shall be devoting the entire week to the constitution review exercise,” Lawan said. Lawan urged Nigerians to participate fully in the exercise as the National Assembly has no pre-conceived agenda but would be opened to suggestions from Nigerians on how to move the country forward

According to him, this is a very important exercise for our country and I will take this opportunity to appeal to all Nigerians who have one issue or the other that they think the constitution review committee of the senate should know and take note and address, this is time to go to the centre nearest to you.

“We are opened, we are plain, we don’t have any preconceived or predetermined position on anything. The myriads of issues that Nigerians want to be addressed to make Nigeria better, to make citizens secured and enhance the welfare of our people must be brought for consideration.

“Because of this very important assignment by this important committee of the senate, the senate will suspend Plenary through next week. This is to enable not only the committee members but the rest of us who are not even members of the constitution review committee to participate in the exercise.

“We wish our committee on the constitution review the best of outing and Nigeria should take every possible opportunity therein, by being there to present whatever they feel strongly about on how this country should work better.

“Therefore we are welcoming every suggestion on every issue. We are not sitting next week, this is because we are devoting the entire week for this exercise. When we adjourn it will be till first June when we will reconvene plenary,” he said.

Lawan had earlier read a letter from the chairman of the constitution review committee, Deputy President of the Senate Ovie Omo-Agege announcing that the committee would hold its zonal public hearing for review of the 1999 constitution on May 26 and 27.

Lawan said that the public hearing on proposals to alter the provisions of the 1999 constitution was scheduled to hold in two centres in each of the six geo-political zones of the country.

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