Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment: Speak­ers’ Con­fer­ence Hails N’Assem­bly

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The Con­fer­ence of Speak­ers of state Houses of Assem­bly has com­mended the Na­tional Assem­bly for the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the first leg of the amend­ment process on the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion, par­tic­u­larly the depth of work done to deepen democ­racy and im­prove on the qual­ity of gov­er­nance at all lev­els in the coun­try.

In a state­ment by the Chair­man, Al­haji Is­maila A. Kamba, the Speak­ers urged the Na­tional Assem­bly to quickly for­ward the items ap­proved by both cham­bers to the states for ex­pe­di­tious de­lib­er­a­tion and ac­tion by the 36 state Houses of Assem­bly.

Kamba, who is Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assem­bly, stated that since the Na­tional Assem­bly has at dif­fer­ent stages of the de­bates and dis­cus­sions on the amend­ment process in­volved the Con­fer­ence of Speak­ers, it should not be dif­fi­cult for the 36 state leg­isla­tive houses to vote on the is­sues and re­vert back to the Na­tional Assem­bly.

He praised the in­ge­nu­ity and in­no­va­tions in­tro­duced in the process by the Na­tional Assem­bly dur­ing the vot­ing on the is­sues put for­ward by the Joint Com­mit­tee on Con­sti­tu­tion Amend­ment.

“The Con­fer­ence of Speak­ers is happy as the Na­tional Assem­bly sep­a­rated the is­sues into dif­fer­ent bills such that it is easy to vote on dif­fer­ent is­sues in a clear man­ner. We will en­join all our col­leagues to bor­row a leaf from that in the vot­ing on the amend­ment to the con­sti­tu­tion. Same pro­ce­dure can be used by Speak­ers dur­ing vot­ing on other thorny and sen­si­tive is­sues that may come to our re­spec­tive cham­bers in the fu­ture.

“We are also happy that is­sues that can help im­prove gov­er­nance at all lev­els, that can strengthen the ju­di­ciary, aid the anti-cor­rup­tion war of the gov­ern­ment, en­trench sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers, de­velop the leg­is­la­ture at the state lev­els and im­prove on the per­for­mance of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties and many im­por­tant is­sues have been taken care of in the con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment.

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