Senate President pleased with endorsement of amended constitution

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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President of the Nigerian Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, says he’s pleased that 25 out of 36 states of the federation has voted on the Constitution Review amendments that was passed by the National Assembly in July 2017.

Senator Saraki stated that the passage of the amendments by the 25 States was a testament to the fact that “with the right vision and follow-through, we can achieve anything as a nation” — also saying that the process was a pointer that “politicians from various walks of life and various parties can still come together to get things done.”

The Senate President’s views were made public through the social media, and also captured in a statement issued on Monday morning by his media office.

The full statement reads:

“I am excited about the news that 25 out of 36 States have voted on the #ConstitutionReview amendments that the 8th National Assembly passed in 2017.

“In 2015, when we first started the ambitious process to review the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we never could have imagined the level of support and participation that we would get from all of you — everyday Nigerians, members of the civil society, and political actors across the country.

“This is why the passage of the Constitution Review amendments in 25 States across the country, is a pat on the back of legislators at both the Federal and State levels — because it shows that with the right vision and follow-through, we can achieve anything as a nation.

“Make no mistake, this is another #PromiseKept by the 8th National Assembly, and it further demonstrates that despite our differences, politicians from various walks of life and various parties can still come together to get things done.

“Moving forward, I cannot wait to receive the #ConstitutionReview documents at the National Assembly, so that we can move forward with the process of getting them assented and cemented in the laws of our great Federal Republic.

“Now that both the Nigerian Senate and the House of Representatives have set up a Joint Committee to review the #ConstitutionReview amendments that did not scale through initially, we are encouraged with the level of collaboration that we have already seen from the State Assemblies throughout this process.

“I am very encouraged for the next phase of this process. “Well done to the Members of our State Houses of Assembly!” the Senate President said.

 

Aisha JM