The House of Representatives will today begin the process of amending the 1999 constitution with the formal inauguration of the Special Adhoc Committee by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
The event would have Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, amongst other dignitaries in attendance.
The committee headed by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase, is expected to hold public hearings and collate views of a cross-section of Nigerians.
According to a statement by Wase’s media aide, Umar Puma, Prof. Dallas of the University of Jos will deliver the keynote address on the topic “Prospects and challenges before the 9th House of Representatives: Fulfilling Citizens expectations and the imperatives for the review of the Nigerian Constitution”.
The statement revealed that the event, which is coming at a time when the nation is celebrating her 60th independence Anniversary is expected to usher the House into a period of intense national engagement/conversation.
It added that this would allow relevant stakeholders and members of the public make their inputs to the constitution review process with a view to enacting laws that reflect the moral values and aspirations of the Nigeria people.”