By Henry Okonkwo
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has called on Nigerians dissatisfied with the 1999 constitution to present their observations and propositions at a two-day public hearing on constitution review next week
On Wednesday, Lawan read a letter signed by Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, to announce those that would oversee the two-day public hearing across the six geo-political zones.
The Senate President said that the zonal public hearing on the proposed amendment of the 1999 constitution would commence from Wednesday 26th to Thursday 27th of May, 2021, and scheduled to hold in two centres in each of the six geo-political zones in the country.
Lawan said, “Distinguished colleagues, this is a very important exercise for our country, and I’ll take this opportunity to appeal to all Nigerians who have one issue or the other that they think the constitution review of the senate should know and take note and address.
“It’s an opportunity to go to the centre nearest to you. We are open, we are plain, we don’t have any preconceived or predetermined position on anything.
“The numerous issues that Nigerians feel should be addressed to make Nigeria better, to make citizens secure, and enhance the welfare of our people are topmost in our consideration.
“Because of this so important assignment, by this very important committee of the Senate, the Senate will suspend plenary throughout 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.
“Once again, we wish our committee on the review of the constitution the best of outing, and Nigerians should take every possible opportunity to be there to present whatever they feel strongly about on how this country could be better and we are welcoming every suggestion and issue.”