Public hearing on constitution review to hold Thursday – Senate

Public hearing on constitution review to hold Thursday – Senate
Nigeria's Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has announced that a two-day national public hearing to modify the provisions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria's 1999 constitution would hold from June 3.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Assistant (Press) to the President of the Senate, Ezrel Tabiwo, on Tuesday, 1st June, 2021.

According to the statement, the two-day National Public Hearing on proposals to alter the constitution at the African Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

The national hearing proceeds the zonal public hearings held last week in the six geo-political zones of the country which Lawan has described as "quite successful".

In the statement made available to WUZUPNIGERIA, a letter was addressed to the Senate President to that effect by the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

Nigerians have however been urged to seize the opportunity provided by the national public hearing commencing to state their position on issues that would improve the quality of governance, the statement added.

He said: "let me also congratulate the members of the Constitution Review Committee of the Senate, who had conducted the public hearings across the countries.

"[And] in fact, the report we received has shown that in all the centres, the public hearings were quite successful.

"I want to also appeal to Nigerians to take the opportunity of the national public hearing that will take place from Thursday.

"This is an effort that the National Assembly – particularly the Senate is attached to.

"We believe that we must do whatever is necessary to provide a platform for Nigerians to air their views, give their positions and canvass for whatever they feel would make our country better, and make governance more efficient and successful.

"Like I said before, we have no preconceived positions on anything and, therefore, this is for our citizens to take the opportunity."