NIGERIA: Senate Constitutes 38-Member Constitution Review Committee

The senate has begun a fresh process of amending the 1999 constitution with the inauguration of a 38-member review committee.
The committee comprises a senator from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, with the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu as chairman.
The review committee was named yesterday by Senate President, Bukola Saraki, shortly before the upper legislative chamber went into a joint session with the House of Representatives to receive President Muhammadu Buhari, who was at the National Assembly to lay the 2016 Appropriation Bill.
Ekweremadu also chaired the constitution amendment review committee of the seventh senate.
The product of the seventh amendment was not assented to by then President Goodluck Jonathan because of some objections, which were not reconciled properly before he left office on May 29.
Saraki, in a brief remark after announcing the new committee, said their work had been made easy because all they needed to do was to use the last review, which is still outstanding as a guide for the current exercise.
He warned the committee against embarking on any fresh tours in the course of the review since the last document was a product of wide consultations among Nigerians.
He said: “With the composition of the committee, the Senate had set the stage for the activities leading to the delivery to our people. The work already carried out by the Seventh Senate had made the jobs of the new committee easy.”