Senate begins amendment of 1999 constitution


The senate, today, decided to begin the process of amending the country’s 1999 constitution.

The amendment of the constitution would be premised around 13 different bills of which details are not clear yet.

The details would however, be made public when the hearing starts on the floor of the house as the bills have already passed through second reading – leading to their referral to the Committee on Constitution review which is presided over by Ike Ekweremadu.

The committee was inaugurated on January 13.

The 13 bills were sponsored by Babajide Omoworare, from Osun east senatorial district; Phillip Aduda, from the federal capital territory (FCT); Rose Oko, from Cross River north senatorial district; Theodore Orji, from Abia central senatorial district; Stella Oduah, from Anambra north senatorial district, and Ibn Na’Allah, from Kebbi south senatorial district.

The immediate past senate had unsuccessfully tried to amend the constitution.

After the amended documents were forwarded to former President Goodluck Jonathan, he refused to sign on the grounds that some of the sections reduced the power of the presidency.

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