Constitution review: Senate fixes zonal public hearing for May 26, 27

May 12, 2021

Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has said the much-awaited zonal public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution will hold from May 26 to 27.

Omo-Agege, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, in Abuja, said the event would simultaneously hold across 12 state capitals, with two public hearings per geopolitical zone.

He added that a national public hearing is expected to hold in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

According to the statement, Omo-Agege made the remarks when he played host to members of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEPAD) in his office.

The group was led by its National Coordinator, Chino Obiagwu (SAN).

Omo-Agege called on those who have already submitted memoranda to defend their positions at the events.

The Senate Deputy President noted that Jos and Minna would host the public hearings in the North Central Geopolitical Zone. North East and North West would hold in Bauchi and Gombe as well as Kaduna and Sokoto.

Similarly, that of South East would hold in Owerri and Enugu, even as South-South and South West would be hosted in Port Harcourt and Asaba as well as Akure and Lagos.

The Delta Central senator, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, assured that women’s interests in the new constitution review would be protected.

On the inclusion of Affirmative Action in the constitution, he called on the group to reach out to elected representatives and groups from other geopolitical zones in the country.

He noted that they were key in determining if such demands could scale through in the ongoing constitution amendment exercise.

“You will have also observed that on each of the Constitution Review that has been done in the past, Affirmative Action and increased women representations have always been on the agenda. But in the past, we have not been able to muster the numbers required to effect constitutional change.

“However, in every exercise, we have seen increasing numbers of legislators’ supporting the process. So, the challenge is how to reach the critical threshold during this process.

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