Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 November 2012

Nigeria: Igabi, Kaduna-North Record Successful Constitution Review

Kaduna — Public Session organized by Members of the House of Representatives for the review of the 1999 Constitution recorded success in Kaduna-North and Igabi Federal Constituencies as the exercise was conducted smoothly without hitches.

Participants including politicians, women, youths as well as traditional and religious leaders where at the venues of the public session at Gombe Jewel Hotel and the International Trade Fair Center as early as 9.00am yesterday.

Speaking at the end of the public session, the Member representing Igabi Federal Constituency, who is also the Kaduna state Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee in the National Assembly, Barrister Ibrahim Bello, said out of the 43 questions discussed at the session, only five were opposed.

"The steering committee is here with me and we are going to deliberate on all what was discussed for their amendment before we take it back to the National Assembly," he affirmed.

On how the question were chosen for the review, he said "most of the question were given a legal touch and I had to get a lawyer who translated it from English to Hausa so that the people at the grassroots can know exactly what we are talking about."

He noted that the turnout was average considering the rate of poverty in the country. "People are struggling to get what to eat but I tried my best to see that the people know about the exercise, I even went to Desmonds International Television (DITV) where I addressed the media for over an hour to explain the importance of this exercise and I believe not only Igabi Federal Constituency but all the other constituencies in Kaduna metropolis must have seen what I did," he said.

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