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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Governors agree to hold public hearing on 1999 Constitution amendment




Governors agree to hold public hearing on 1999 Constitution amendment

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly have agreed to hold public hearing over the proposed amendment of certain sections of the 1999 constitution.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdul-Aziz Yari, made this known after the emergency meeting between the forum and the Conference of Speakers on Tuesday at the old conference hall of the State House, Abuja.

Yari stated that the meeting had agreed to constitute a committee and approach the amendment of the 1999 constitution with maturity and the future of the nation’s democracy at hand.

The communiqué read: “We, all the governors of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under the platform of the Nigeria Governors forum and the Speakers of the states houses of assembly, under the auspices of the Conference of Speakers at the end of a consultative meeting regarding the ongoing efforts to amend certain sections of the 1999 constitution resolved as follows:

“The meeting agreed to approach this amendment with maturity and the future of our democracy at the back of our minds.

“The meeting agreed that the State houses of Assembly should consult all stakeholders and hold public hearing on all the items transmitted to them by the National Assembly in a bid to promote our democracy and strengthen its institutions.’’

Yari, further spoke on the recently approved one billion dollars by the National Economic Council (NEC) to fight insurgency in the country which has generated reactions saying this is not the first time as Jonathan administration approved 2billion adding that funds would also be used for logistics and training of soldiers.

“We (governors) agreed to forfeit one billion dollars of our own share of excess crude which we are going to back up with state assembly resolution at a later time.

“This is not the first time a decision like this is being taken. It happened during former President Jonathan’s era when they took two billion dollars.

“We all agreed at that time collectively in the same chamber to withdraw the two billion dollars to procure equipment for the military and also for logistics for the military because they were telling us whether it was true or false that our soldiers were being killed.

“Some (of the soldiers) were on the social media saying that they were being killed like rats because they didn’t have the training and the equipment, that was what generated discussions at the same Chamber and there was no controversy, there was no opposition to the decision at that time.’’ He added.



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