Review Of The Nigeria 1999 Constitution Long Overdue…..RT. Hon. Marcus Onobun.
Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Marcus Onobun, has stated that the review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is long overdue.
He made the statement on Wednesday(May 26th, 2021) in Asaba, Delta State, at the south south zonal public hearing of the senate committee on the proposed alteration of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“Frankly speaking, the need for a public hearing on this issue is long overdue especially against the backdrop of the multifarious interests the current Constitution failed to address in recent times.
“It will interest you to know that as legislators elected by our constituents, be it at National or State level, our responsibility is to make laws for the peace, order and good government as provided by Section 4(1) and 100(1) respectively of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1990 (as amended).
“However, talking about alteration of Constitutional provisions under Section 9 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) vests the power of alteration on the National Assembly working in harmony with the State Houses of Assembly. This development is a clear indication of the synergy between the National and State Assemblies for such alteration to occur.
“It’s no longer news to say that the present Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) has witnessed over thirty (30) alterations with further alterations being contemplated; hence the necessity for this public hearing today.
“It also notorious facts that there is no perfection in life and therefore no Constitution is perfect the world over. Even in advance democracies such as the United States of America, India and United Kingdom are still making alterations in their Constitutions as the need arises,” he asserted.
Going further, Hon. Onobun said: “While Nigeria is not an exception especially as a fledgling democracy, ours is still work-in-progress towards achieving perfection. Therefore, it is not out of place to make these alterations to suit the present realities of the situations facing the country today.
“Having gone through the issues for the public hearing, I am convinced as well as my colleagues in the legislature that they are germane and well thought out at least to allay the fears for agitations of marginalization, inequality and the likes in the country.
“It is my sincere hope that this public hearing will afford every stakeholders the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the issues at stake and come up with resolutions aimed at strengthening our democratic institutions as well as our nascent democracy.”
Speaking with reporters at the end of the occasion, Hon. Onobun said: “The part that carries he/she in the constitution should be deleted and replaced with a person because every person has equal right to basic amenities of our dear nation.
“That’s our position on the aspect of women and we’re hopeful at the end of the day the senate will take it into consideration and make it part of our Constitution.”