National Assembly insists on using confab report despite Presdiency’s refusal

Despite the resolution of the President Buhari-led government not to use the 2014 national conference report, the National Assembly, on Friday, insisted that parts of the report will be utilized for the amendment of Nigeria’s constitution.

According to the Punch, who spoke with some members of the National Assembly, portions of the report would be used for the the current review of the constitution.

Speaking on the issue, the Deputy Speaker of the House of representative and also the Chairman, House Committee on Constitution Review, Suleiman Lasun, on Thursday, disclosed that the committee will use the report as a working document.

Lasun said, “Copies of the report have been circulated to members of the committee to go through and come up with recommendations to the committee, while the consultants to the committee have been given the report to advise the committee on how to go about it.”

“Some of the salient proposals in the report will be turned into draft bills, which will be presented to the House for adoption and passage.”

Also the Senate committee on constitution review is expected to toll the same line as the House.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, who is also a member of the constitution review committee stated, “The most sincere way to actually address the various social and economic problems currently facing the country is to put politics aside and allow the National Assembly use all or part of the recommendations in the Confab report during its constitution review exercise.”

“The report is the best thing that could happen to this country because it contained provisions and recommendations that could assist us as a nation. The problem of Nigeria will continue if we neglect the Confab report.”

On his part, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti–Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, said, “The issue of politics should end after election. Both the party in government and the opposition should collaborate towards ensuring that policies and programmes aimed at moving the country forward, are implemented.”

“The Federal Government should revisit the issue of the Confab report because apart from the fact that it contained recommendations that could restructure the country and end all the social crises currently being experienced, it was carried out with the taxpayers’ money.”

“There is nothing wrong with the provisions contained in the Confab report, the senate would also ensure that part of the report form part of the review we would carry out in the 1999 Constitution.”

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