Reps to Review 1999 Constitution

The House of Representatives made a declaration on Thursday that there will be an inauguration of a Special Committee with the responsibility to review the 1999 constitution.

The event will take place at the Conference Hall 028, New Building, House of Representatives. The attendees present will include, Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-president, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), and Dr Kayode Fayemi, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

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In line with the statement signed on Tuesday by Umar Muhammad Puma, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, the event will commence at 11 am and will be anchored by Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker.

It was also noted in the statement that Prof. Dakkas C.J Dakkas of the University of Jos will present the inaugural lecture on the topic ‘Prospects and Challenges before the 9th House of Representatives: Fulfilling Citizens Expectations and the Imperatives for the Review of the Nigerian Constitution’.

The statement read: ‘The 9th House of Representatives pursuant to order 13 Rule 3 of the Standing Orders and in its quest to provide an avenue for national dialogue and bequeath to the nation a realistic and acceptable body of laws recently constituted the House Special
Committee on the Review of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)’.

‘The event, which is coming at a time when we are celebrating our 60th independence Anniversary is expected to usher the House into a period of intense national engagement/conversation where relevant stakeholders and members of the public make their inputs to the constitution review process with a view to enacting laws that reflect the moral values and aspirations of the Nigeria people’.

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Goodwill messages will be given by Dr Kayode Fayemi, the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum, Mr Clement Nwankwo, Executive Director, Policy and Legislative Advocacy Centre, and Prof Auwalu Yadudu, renowned academic and former Vice Chancellor.

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