- Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of House of Representatives, has explained why the National Assembly is making efforts to amend the nation’s constitution
- Dogara said the National Assembly will make sure that constitution is impactful after the amendment
- He noted that some of the structural imbalances in the provisions of the constitution cannot be corrected just by the stroke of the pen
Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, October 18, briefed governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum on the National Assembly’s efforts to amend the nation’s constitution.
Dogara’s briefing came a few weeks after Ike Ekweremadu, the deputy president of the Senate met with the governors.
Punch reports that Dogara confirmed that he was invited to talk to the governors on most of the bills being considered in the amendment.
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On the governors’ request for the expansion of the scope of constitutional amendment, he said only the House could take a decision on the matter.
According to him, “Though, l am the Speaker, l can tell you that l can only speak where the majority of our members have agreed upon. So, it is a bit early for me to conclude. But this is a democracy and in a democracy, the majority matters.
“We are aware of the ongoing agitations in the country. Some are calling for restructuring and others call it true federalism.
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‘’This is an issue on the manifesto of the APC. It is our feeling as very responsive and responsible representatives of the people to ensure that this debate is done.
“And I agree to the position of the president that most of the matters and issues should be canvassed at the level of the National Assembly.
‘’This is because some of the structural imbalances that we are talking about that need what they call restructuring cannot be corrected just by the stroke of the pen. Some of them are actually embedded in the provisions of the constitution.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a group, the Cross River National Front, comprising of some of the most eminent personalities in the state, called on the federal government to restructure the country to enable a fairer, more equitable and united federation.
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