Constitution review: Reps call for Memoranda

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By Aaron Ossai

The House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review has called for Memoranda from stakeholders especially the Presidency, States, Local Government Areas and the general public as it begins implementation of its timetable for the exercise.

Briefing newsmen, the Chairman of the Committee who is also the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Kalu said the Memoranda should dwell on areas such as Public Revenue, Nigeria Police, Judiciary Reform, Electoral Reform, Socio-economic Rights, Indigeneship, State access to mining, principles of equity among others.

He explained that the Committee is committed to achieving the aim of the Constitution Review in an open and transparent conversation explaining that it has set a target of four months to carry out its assignment.

According to him, efforts are being made to ensure that the aim of the Committee is not polarized along political, religious, tribe and ethnic lines assuring that the Committee has set up a Technical team to achieve the purpose of the Committee.

Speaking further, Hon. Kalu said that in line with the timetable of the Committee, the first draft will be out in August 2024, the second draft, October while the last copy, (harmonized) copy is expected to be out on 27 and 28 February 2025.

He further disclosed that the final copy of the draft Constitution is expected to be debated and considered on the floor of the House of Represented with the report of the debate expected to be out in April.

“On May 22, 2025, the final report of the amended Constitution laid and debated while concurrence from the State Assemblies is expected to be ready on June 13, 2025 and is expected to be presented to the President for assent in August 2025”, he added.