Constitution Amendment: Governors move to harmonise positions
Governors of the 36 states have begun moves to harmonise their positions on the recent Bills passed by the National Assembly to amend some sections of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This is just as the governors have moved to prevail on the National Assembly to revisit issues around devolution of powers to states and restructuring, being canvassed across the country.
The governors are also not comfortable with the limited amendments, as they also want the National Assembly to take a holistic approach to the amendments, which will take into consideration, ongoing agitations or restructuring of the country.
Abdulaziz Yari, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum ( NGF) who is also governor of Zamfara state, disclosed this early Thursday, at the end of its extra- ordinary meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Yari said,”There are so many issues of national interest, devolution of power, political agitations, etc, were not taken into consideration in that amendment.
The meeting, BusinessDay gathered, was convened to review the latest positions canvased by the National Assembly on amendments of the Nigerian constitution.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had briefed the governors on the constitution review from the position of the Senate.
” We decided to hold this extra ordinary meeting, so that we could deliberate on the issues.
“We had actually wanted to invite the Conference of Speakers, so that we can collectively look at what was submitted for the betterment of the nation. As we agree the constitution is being amended for posterity and not for any other interest.
“Therefore, the information we are having from the House of Representatives is that the position is the Senate’s position, it is not harmonised.
“So probably by next week, that is on the 18th (of October) the Speaker of the House of Representatives, or his representative will come and make his own presentation to us, so that we can look into it.”
Tony Ailemen, Abuja.
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