Niger State Governor Sani Bello said the constitutional review process, which has reached the stage of public hearings across the country, can ensure political stability if carried out well.
Mr. Bello said this at the Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Hall for the Minna Center of the North Central Zone Public Hearing on Constitutional Review.
The public hearing organized by the Senate, which began on Tuesday, is expected to end on Wednesday.
Participants from Niger, Kwara and Kogi states as well as Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, converged on Minna for the two-day event.
“Governor Bello said the constitutional review, if properly articulated, would ensure better and inclusive economic growth, increase political stability and strengthen peaceful coexistence,” read a statement released by his spokesperson, Mary. Noel-Berje.
He called the event important for the nation, stressing that Nigeria has evolved over time and for the country to achieve its real position in the Committee of Nations, there is a need to consider emerging issues in the Constitution.
He said, in all federal systems of government, restructuring is a dynamic process through legislation and other procedures accepted by citizens as needed.
He added that despite the different perceptions regarding the constitutional review, the unity of Nigeria must remain sacrosanct and the country is stronger and better as an indivisible nation.
“As chair of the North Central Governors Forum, we have had a series of meetings on the same topic. I have no doubts in my mind that at the end of this exercise, justice will be done so that the North Central States benefit from the benefit and the full potential of our democratic system, ”he declared.
According to the Governor, “we must consider as a country the nature and type of Constitution that we want; in addition to other issues such as the autonomy of local government, legislative and judicial power, we also need to carefully consider competing and exclusive lists; The devolution of powers and other issues essential to the survival of the country. “
He urged all participants to take the opportunity and critically examine the 1999 Constitution with a view to producing a viable document that will provide an effective and efficient system of government at all levels.
Representing the Senate, Deputy Chief Whip Aliyu Abdullahi, Senator from Northern Niger and Chairman of the Constitutional Review Subcommittee for North Central Minna, said topical issues such that judicial and electoral reforms, the autonomy of local communities and the devolution of powers are to be examined.
“You will agree with me that if we obtain these elements through successful constitutional amending processes, our constitutional democracy will be put on the right pedestal and, ultimately, Nigeria will occupy a prominent place among constitutional democracies. enviable of the world. “, he said.
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