The Senate has announced that it will hold a national public hearing on the review of the 1999 constitution on Thursday and Friday respectively.
Senator Ahmed Lawan, the Senate President, disclosed this in a statement issued by Ezrel Tabiowo, his Special Assistant (Press), on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the national public hearing will take place in Abuja and is expected to complement the zonal public hearings which held last week in the six geo-political zones of the country.
The statement read: “The 2-day National Public Hearing on proposals to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 is scheduled for Thursday 3rd to Friday, 4th June 2021, at the African Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
“Lawan appealed to Nigerians to seize the opportunity provided by the national public hearing commencing on Thursday to state their position on issues that would improve the quality of governance.”
The Senate President commended members of the Constitution Review Committee of the Senate on the zonal public hearings, saying it has had an impact on the constitutional amendment process and has also given Nigerians a chance to air their thoughts on the constitution and the process.
The statement read: “Let me also congratulate the members of the Constitution Review Committee of the Senate, who had conducted the public hearings across the countries.
“[And] in fact, the report we received has shown that in all the centres, the public hearings were quite successful.
“I want to also appeal to Nigerians to take the opportunity of the national public hearing that will take place from Thursday.
“This is an effort that the National Assembly – particularly the Senate is attached to.
“We believe that we must do whatever is necessary to provide a platform for Nigerians to air their views, give their positions and canvass for whatever they feel would make our country better, and make governance more efficient and successful.
“Like I said before, we have no preconceived positions on anything and, therefore, this is for our citizens to take the opportunity.”