The House of Representatives says it will revisit the Constitution Reform achievements of the 7th Assembly for its passage to meet the desired change for the country.
The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, who stated this while inaugurating Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, said the amendment process would be expedited and concluded early for the overall development of the nation.
The seventh Assembly had jointly passed the fourth alteration bill to further amend the 1999 Constitution, but former President Goodluck Jonathan withheld assent even after billions had been committed to the amendment exercise.
Mr. Dogara said, “Since the coming into effect of the 1999 Constitution, and the convocation of the National Assembly in 1999, varying efforts were made in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Assembly to alter some sections of the Constitution.
Indeed the 6th Assembly (2007-2011) enacted the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Alteration Acts.
The 4th Alteration Act was successfully carried out at the level of the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly by the 7th Assembly (2011-2015), but was unfortunately not assented to by the then president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.”
Mr. Dogara charged members to avoid the temptation of starting afresh given the huge public funds spent in processing the botched 4th Alteration Bill.
The forty-nine member committee to be chaired by Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Suleiman Lasun, would among others, conclude the work on the 4th Alteration Bill, started by the 7th Assembly and to process all other proposals for further alteration.
Since the coming into effect of the 1999 Constitution, and the convocation of the National Assembly in 1999, varying efforts were made in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Assembly to alter some sections of the Constitution.
At the plenary presided over by the Speaker Yakubu Dogara, debate on the 2016 Appropriation Bill continues, with members commending the government’s proposal to generate more revenue from the non-oil sector.
The House also stressed the urgent need for government’s intervention in the management of Internally Displaced Persons settling in the North Eastern State of Bauchi.
In the motion sponsored by Representative Shehu Aliyu Musa, members expressed concern that over twenty eight thousand families from neighbouring states have been living in Bauchi Town, overstretching social amenities in the area.
While urging the local and international donors to consider the IDPs in Bauchi, the House advocated for the provision of amenities to areas where the IDPs settled.
The House also reconsidered two outstanding bills on FCT Water Board and Nigerian Diaspora Commission, from the 7th National Assembly and passed two others for second reading.