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Senate Calls For Citizen Participation In Constitution Amendment

Public hearings are essential to create public participation in governance

The Senate President Ahmed Lawan,
said this Thursday as the Committee on constitution review began a 2day public hearing in Abuja on Thursday to discuss the amendment of the 1999 constitution.

He said the National Assembly was mindful of the opinion of Nigerians in the Constitution amendment process

The Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan said the constitution review cannot flourish without quality leaders. He said this on Thursdays while speaking at the 2day National Public Hearing on Constitution review organized by the Senate Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution in Abuja.

Lawan described the review as being imperative as result of the many concerns raised by the Nigerian people

Oby Ezekwesili a former minister of education and one time presidential aspirant while making her own presentation said that constitution amendment must be centered on citizen democracy emphasizing that being indifferent in the face of injustice translates to taking sides with the oppressor.

The Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressive Congress and Governor of Yobe Mai Mala Buni who was represented by Prof. Kabir Mamman said the ongoing constitution review had a lot to learn from the progressive mandate of the ruling All Progressive Congress party.
Nigeria Labour Congress President Ayuba Wabba who also spoke at the event emphasized the importance of workers inclusion in the constitution amendment process

Also at the event were representatives of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives, Ceedar Seed Foundation Disability Consortium, Women in Leadership Forum, Coalition of FCT Indigenous Association and the Albino Foundation.

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