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House Committee gears up for critical constitution review today amidst calls for reform

Exclusive Report Reveals Ambitious Legislative Agenda to Overhaul Constitutional Provisions

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In an exclusive report sourced from the Punch newspapers, it is revealed that the House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review is poised to commence its deliberations on the provisions of the 1999 Constitution requiring review and amendments. The committee, chaired by Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu, is scheduled to convene on Wednesday, marking a significant step towards potential reforms.

A political ally of the Deputy Speaker, speaking on condition of anonymity, disclosed, “The committee will have its inaugural meeting on Wednesday. The Deputy Speaker is keen on expediting the process as the issues listed for deliberations are crucial to the advancement of the Nigerian state.”

The National Assembly, in collaboration with state assemblies, is set to revisit pivotal topics including state police, local government autonomy, the Electoral Act Amendment, and diaspora voting, among others. The 37-member committee comprises representatives from each of the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Despite five previous alterations to the 1999 Constitution, challenges of governance, calls for enhanced transparency and accountability, and demands for restructuring necessitate further amendments to the nation’s foundational law.

Under the leadership of Speaker Abbas Tajudeen, the 10th House of Representatives has underscored its commitment to constitutional reform. Speaker Tajudeen affirmed, “The 10th House will pursue constitutional reform purposefully, deliberately, and expeditiously.” The agenda includes enacting a constitutional alteration procedure law, consolidating all alterations into a comprehensive document, and addressing concerns raised during the 2023 general elections, notably regarding the implementation of constitutional amendments and the Electoral Act 2022.

Of particular contention is the transmission of votes in real-time to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s viewing portal, prompting calls for further amendments to the Electoral Act 2022. The House pledges to address observed gaps and ambiguities, including provisions related to diaspora voting and the electoral process.

The upcoming committee meeting signifies a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s legislative landscape as lawmakers embark on a journey to reshape the constitutional framework in alignment with the evolving needs and aspirations of the Nigerian people.

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