Constitution Review: 11 States Yet To Vote On 2017 Amendments
Eleven states in Nigeria are yet to vote on the Constitution Review Amendments that the 8th National Assembly passed in 2017.
This was revealed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday.
Dr. Saraki said 25 of 36 states are in support of the proposed changes.
He expressed delight that “the ambitious process to review the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria” had received high level of support and participation from everyday Nigerians, members of the civil society and political actors across the country.
“This is why the passage of the #ConstitutionReview amendments in 25 States across the country, is a pat on the back of legislators at both the Federal and State levels — because it shows that with the right vision and follow-through, we can achieve ANYTHING as a nation.
“Make no mistake, this is another #PromiseKept by the 8th National Assembly, and it further demonstrates that despite our differences politicians from various walks of life and various parties can still come together to get things done,” the Senate President wrote on his Facebook page.
Saraki says he is waiting for the next step in the amendment process, which is, the return of the document to the National Assembly for it to be forwarded to the President for assent.
While the National Assembly is expecting the document from the states, some amendments to the constitution did not scale through when submitted for assent.
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A Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives has been set up to review these amendments that did not scale through initially.
The Senate President also commended the House of Assemblies, saying that the collaboration that the national Assembly has already seen from the them throughout the process is encouraging.