Constitutional Amendment Must Reflect Edo People’s Interest – Obaseki

Constitutional Amendment Must Reflect Edo People’s Interest – Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki on Tuesday called for an amendment of the 1999 Constitution that will reflect the interest of the Edo people.

He stated this during the Edo State Summit on the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committees on

the 1999 Constitution Review, held at the Government House in Benin City.

Others present at the summit are Secretary to State Government, Osarodion Ogie,  Head of Service, Anthony

Okungbowa, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun; community, religious and

traditional leaders, and also the heads of civil society groups, among others.

However, The governor, represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu also noted that the Constitution review was an

opportunity for the people to own the process of making a true Nigerian Constitution,

rather than delegating it to a section of the people.

He Also Said,

“Edo’s position in the constitutional amendment is that it must represent Edo people; the Government represents the people and needs our contribution.

“I am appealing to the National Assembly to separate the clauses of all the deeds to be canvassed for if truly the

amended constitution will be a product of Nigeria. This will enable us to have a choice when it’s brought back for

adoption at the State House of Assembly so that our representatives will choose in line with our presentation today.”

The governor noted that “From today’s presentation, some are clamouring for a one-term of six years for a President

and Governors, while others say a term of four years for Chairmen of Local Government Councils.

“Others say the unicameral legislature should replace the bicameral legislature. The National Assembly should look at the issues as it comes and not join all these issues together. If the Constitution is to be amended, it should be done within the next three months.”

By Victoria E.I

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