Nigeria – Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States have joined others in the ongoing two-day simultaneous public hearing on the 1999 constitutional review, being organized by the Senate.
The exercise will provide a platform for Nigerians to express their opinion on the fundamental laws through proposals that will improve their living standards.
Government House Correspondent, Emmanuel Okonkwo reports that the constitutional review is geared towards addressing some topical issues bordering the Nigerian-Nation including judicial and electoral reforms, local government autonomy, and devolution of powers.
In his address, the Deputy Senate President and Chairman Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege explained that the zonal public hearings have been designed to give the citizenry greater opportunity to make inputs in the Constitution amendment process, and assured that the National Assembly will ensure that the Nigerian Constitution is more people oriented after the review.
The Deputy Senate President who was represented by a one-time Deputy Senate President and Senator Representing Enugu West at the National Assembly, Dr Ike Ekweremmadu commended the people of the three States for their active participation in the ongoing nationwide exercise.
In their various remarks, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state represented by his Deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke while describing the constitutional review exercise as a right move by the National Assembly expressed the hope that the amendment of the Nigerian Constitution will guarantee the unity and prosperity of the country, and as well enthrone a nation where justice, equity and fairness shall prevail.
The public hearing attracted the Senator Representing Anambra Central at the National Assembly, Mrs Uche Ekwunife, her Anambra South counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Uche Okafor, his Enugu State counterpart, Right Honourable Edward Ubosi, that of Ebonyi State, Right Honourable Francis Nwifuru, members of Enugu, Anambra, and Ebonyi State Houses of Assembly, Civil Societies, Traditional Rulers among others.