President Must Assent to Constitution Alteration Bills – Dogara

Democracy does not work until the people utilise the tools. If democracy works or fails, it is the people. For giving nod to the independence of state assemblies, this is remarkable. Our firm belief is that the bulk of our people live at the state levels. If democracy does not work well there, Nigerians will be short changed,” Dogara stated.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in his address, revealed that Rivers and Lagos States did not participate in the constitution amendment exercise.

Saraki did not say what prompted the decision of the two state Houses of Assembly, but noted that such action is not good for democratic processes.
“Even if we are disappointed in certain things, it is a process. I hope that they will participate in the next round,” he added.

Saraki further stated that the 1999 Constitution alteration process is a continuous one, and steps have already begun to reintroduce the bills that were defeated at the last voting round.

“When we made this promise at the beginning of the eighth Senate, we were not sure. We have been able to achieve a lot. There are other areas like the devolution of powers. We have set up a joint committee from the Senate and the House of Representatives to work on areas of differences. In the next few days, we will get back to work,” he added.

The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers, Hon Abdulmumuni Kamba, expressed disappointment that the devolution of powers bill was defeated at the National Assembly level.

Kamba, who is the Speaker, Kebbi State House of Assembly, urged that the bill be reconsidered and reintroduced into the next round of the amendment exercise.

“This is in line with the yearnings of the people. Voting out devolution of powers has been strongly condemned by the people at the grassroots’”
“The journey has been challenging and we are not under any illusion that it would be easy given the opposition in the seventh assembly,” he said.


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