The House of Representatives Special Committee on Constitution Review has scheduled the 1st and 2nd day in the month of June for its zonal public hearing which will take place across the six geopolitical zones of the country.
Each zone will have two centres, Deputy Speaker of the House who doubles as Chairman of the committee, Ahmed Wase, said in a statement.
Wase has called Nigerians, including members of the executive and judicial bodies, traditional institutions, political parties, civil society organisations, and professional bodies, and other stakeholders to attend the hearing in their respective zones.
“I am appealing to you all to think only about Nigeria and work for Nigeria and ensure we deliver for our country the best Constitution,” he said.
The lawmaker hinted that the members of the committee would be posted outside their zones to have a feeling of what was obtainable in other regions.
He explained that the hearing for the north-central zone would hold in Jos – with Plateau, Benue, and Nasarawa States, as well as Abuja in attendance, while Lokoja would serve as the second centre, hosting Kogi, Niger, and Kwara States.
The venues of the hearing in other regions are:
North East : Bauchi, Borno, and Yobe (Bauchi Centre); Adamawa, Taraba, and Gombe (Yola Centre)
North West : Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto (Birnin Kebbi Centre); Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa (Kano Centre – June 2 and 3).
South East : Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi (Enugu Centre); while Imo and Abia (Owerri Centre).
South West : Ondo, Ekiti and Osun (Akure Centre); Lagos, Oyo, and Ogun (Lagos Centre).
South South : Delta, Bayelsa and Edo (Asaba Centre – June 2 and 3); Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Cross River (Uyo Centre – June 1 and 2).
Chairman, Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has earlier said the zonal public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution will hold from May 26 to 27. Thus, the Senate has announced suspension of plenary for one week, starting from Tuesday, to enable its members participate in zonal public hearing on constitution review that will hold across the country.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who made the announcement at plenary last week, said the exercise would hold at 12 centres in the geo-political zones on May 26 and 27, 2001.