Constitution amendment: We have learnt from past mistakes – Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has said the efforts to amend the 1999 Constitution wi succeed this time.

Saraki said this when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.

He said the present National Assembly has learnt from the mistakes of previous assemblies who were unsuccessful.

He said “unlike in the past when all amendments were lumped in one bill, the ongoing amendments has been broken into about 33 bills’’.

He said the decision to begin the amendment early was to ensure it doesn’t clash with election period.

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”I think we learnt from the experience of the past on some of the things that need to be done to make the amendment a success.

”You know it is not an easy task to review the Constitution. Of course, you know it is a two-third majority of the lawmakers that is needed for it to pass; in fact, in some cases, it is more than two-thirds.’’

He added that some of the proposed changes were long overdue.

“What we have been able to do is to have the political will to make it happen. They are not new amendments.

”In the 7th National Assembly, some of those amendments were made, but unfortunately, they never got implemented and one of the things we learnt was not to keep the process till very late.

”One of the mistakes we made in the 7th Senate was to leave it till the dying hour of the tenure. So this time around, we promised we will do early to have time to see it to conclusion.”

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