This Day (Lagos)

21 January 2013

Nigeria: Constitution Review - House to Release Report of Public Sessions Soon

The House of Representatives will soon unveil the collated results of the Peoples Public Sessions it conducted on the review of the 1999 constitution.

The House had on November 10, 2012, held public hearings on the constitution review across the 360 federal constituencies of the country.

Deputy Speaker and Chairman, House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, who disclosed this yesterday, said the collated results would be presented at a public ceremony to be held at the House of Representatives.

The report will reveal the voting pattern and the verdict of the people at the grassroots on all the issues listed on the template for voting during the public sessions.

The ceremony, Ihedioha said, was in line with the commitment made by the House to make the process of the peoples public sessions and indeed, the entire constitution amendment exercise transparent.

As was the case when representatives of stakeholder organisations and civil society groups were invited to actively participate in the conduct of the peoples public sessions and the collation process thereafter, representatives of labour, trade unions, students, women, professional groups and other stakeholders have been invited to the ceremony.

The organisations expected at the event include the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), National Council for Women Societies (NCWS), National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), National Youth Council, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and representatives of civil society organisations.

Also invited to the ceremony are chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly.

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