Senate announces date for zonal public hearings on constitution review

The Senate has announced that zonal hearings for a
constitutional review are scheduled to commence on May
26.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Deputy
Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege via his Special Adviser,
Media, and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said a national public hearing was expected to be held in
Abuja.
Omo-Agege spoke while hosting members of the Legal
Defence and Assistance Project in his office.
In order to ensure a thorough process, the Committee in
charge comprises 59 other Senators drawn from the 36
states and the Federal Capital Territory as members, with
Omo-Agege as the Chairman.
Omo-Agege called on those who have already submitted
memoranda to defend their positions at the events.
The Senate Deputy President noted that Jos and Minna
would host the public hearings in the North Central
Geopolitical Zone. North East and North West would hold in
Bauchi and Gombe as well as Kaduna and Sokoto.
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Similarly, that of South East would hold in Owerri and Enugu,
even as South-South and South West would be hosted in
Port Harcourt and Asaba as well as Akure and Lagos.
“The public hearing which commences May 26 would be
held simultaneously in 12 state capitals in Nigeria, meaning
that two public hearings would be held per geo-political
zone.
“You will have also observed that on each of the
Constitution Review that has been done in the past,
Affirmative Action and increased women representations
have always been on the agenda. But in the past, we have
not been able to muster the numbers required to effect
constitutional change.
“However, in every exercise, we have seen increasing
numbers of legislators’ supporting the process. So, the
challenge is how to reach the critical threshold during this
process.
“Your work is quite cut out for you. But rest assured that we
are partners in this business,” he explained.

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