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Constitution review: Senate begins national public hearing June 3

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Constitution review: Senate begins national public hearing June 3

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Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan, has announced that a national public hearing to alter the provisions of the 1999 constitution would hold on Thursday through Friday this week.

The announcement made on the floor of the upper legislative chamber, was sequel to a letter addressed to him by his deputy and the chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

According to the Senate President, the 2-day national public hearing on proposals to alter the provisions of the constitution, is scheduled for Thursday 3rd to Friday, 4th June, 2021, at the African Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He described the zonal public hearings which held last week in the six geo-political zones of the country as “quite successful”.

Lawan appealed to Nigerians to seize the opportunity provided by the national public hearing commencing on Thursday to state their position on issues that would improve the quality of governance.

Constitution review: Senate begins national public hearing June 3

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.”

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