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Senate Will Conclude Constitution Amendment By June – Saraki

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[caption id="attachment_4060" align="alignnone" width="680"]Bukola Saraki (President of The Nigerian Senate)[/caption]

The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, said that the senate will conclude the amendment of the 4th Alteration Bill before the end of June.

Saraki, who made this disclosure while inaugurating a 46-member committee in Abuja said the amendment of the alteration bill will make the fresh constitution review process faster and effective.

Saraki said that the 7th National Assembly had done a good job of obtaining national consensus on key challenges to the operation of the constitution and the utilisation of its framework, he therefore charged the committee to conclude its work before the end of June.

He said, “This is why I urge the committee to, in the first instance, concentrate on the 4th Alteration Bill and conclusively address it before dealing with other proposals.

“This current review is an attempt by the 8th National Assembly to cement and exhaustively conclude the process of the 4th Alteration Bill.

“The Alteration Bill is essentially hinged on strengthening our constitutional democracy, entrenching our unity and widening the remit of institutions that enable the implementation of development plan.

“It will also enable the respect for the Constitution and the observance of the rule of law as our primary objective.

“Having acknowledged the immense work of the 7thNational Assembly under the Fourth Alteration Bill, the Senate expects you to swiftly consolidate its passage.

“It has already garnered national consensus. We expect that within the next few days you will forward the consolidated bill, have it gazetted and forwarded for first reading,” he said.

Saraki said that the Constitution had brought the nation thus far but required some realignment with our political, economic, fiscal and social realities.

“Let me reemphasis the need for prudence and efficiency. This is not time for jamboree tours or unnecessary flamboyance.

“While acknowledging the need for a very comprehensive and exhaustive review of the proposal, it won’t be an excuse for excessive elaboration and endless retreats.

“Nigerians expect that this is not going to end without result. More than what has been done in the past, we must make a difference. It is our hope that this assignment can be completed by end of June 2016,” he stated.

The Committee is headed by the Deputy President of the Senate Ike Ekwerenmadu and has its members drawn from all 36 states of the federation.