YACR introduces an e-conference on Constitution review

by Isi Esene

The e-conference on Constitution Review is scheduled to hold on Thursday 23 August 2012.

The conference seeks to ensure wide participation of the people in the review of the 1999 Constitution to make the document more responsive to the yearnings of the people.

If the preamble of the Nigerian 1999 constitution which begins with the phrase ‘we the people of Nigeria…’ must make any sense then the Constitutional review process must not only ensure active citizens participation but it must guarantee that the outcome of the review process is a true reflection of the demands and aspirations of the people.

As the review of the 1999 Constitution enters its critical stage, it is imperative that citizens at all levels debate freely the content of the constitution review.

The review process provides citizens with an opportunity to address several socio-economic and political challenges confronting Nigerians. The review hopes to tackle issue like unemployment, poverty, corruption, poor education infrastructure, marginalization and social exclusion.

The panelists in the discussion which starts by 3pm are Ayo Obe (@naijama), Toyosi Akerele (@toyosirise), Egghead Odewale (@eggheader), Chude Jideonwo (@chude), Wale Ajani (@waleajani), and Japheth Omojuwa (@omojuwa).

Now is the time for citizens to respond to this national call to address our daunting challenges and deepen our democracy process through constitution review.

The e-conference is hosted by the Youth Alliance on Constitution Review, this is an alliance of about 30 youth civil society organizations working together to facilitate inputs of young people in the process of constitutional review process.


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One comment

  1. I tried to participate but I didn't know what was happening: none of my tweets was acknowledged and many of the comments were petty. I would have to say for the youth to be taken seriously, they have a lot of homework to do themselves to understand the political issues at stake. They would do well if they knew about 10% of political issues as what they know in football and entertainment; that, in my opinion, would be enough.


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