Reps fix June 1 to kick off public hearing on constitution review

 BY Samuel Akpan

Idris Wase, deputy speaker of the house of representatives, says the zonal public hearing on the proposed review of the 1999 constitution will begin on June 1. 

The deputy speaker said each zone will have two centres and the exercise will end on June 3.

The house of representatives constitution review committee was inaugurated in October 2020.

The senate had announced a similar public hearing which is scheduled to begin on May 26.

Wase said the public hearing for the north-central region will hold in Jos, Plateau state capital, and Lokoja, capital of Kogi.

“The north-east has Bauchi centre, which is made up of Bauchi, Borno and Yobe states, while Yola centre has Adamawa, Taraba and Gombe states,” he said in a statement by Umar Puma, his spokesperson.

“The north-west centre is in Birnin Kebbi, with Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto states, while Kano centre wihich will hold on 2rd and 3rd June, with Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states.

“The south-east which has Enugu centre, will host Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi states, while Owerri centre will host Imo and Abia states.”

In the south-west, Akure, the capital of Ondo, and Lagos will host states from the region.

Asaba, Delta state capital, and Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom, will host the south-south states.

Wase, who is the chairman of the special committee on constitution review, said members of the committee will be posted outside their zones to “have a feeling of what is obtainable in other geopolitical zones”.

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