Mark Bemoans Jonathan’s Refusal To Sign Constitution Amendment

Mark Bemoans Jonathan’s Refusal To Sign Constitution Amendment

The last has not been heard about the constitutional amendment as President of the Senate, David Mark, on Monday expressed concern over the failure of President Goodluck Jonathan to assent to it.

Mark said: “The president has taken the bill to the court and it is a bill at the moment unless it’s signed. I really don’t see why they’re in court, but anybody can go to court.

“The president could sign the bills that he wants to sign; the ones he doesn’t want to sign, he returns to us and we do the needful,” Mark said.

Speaking at a 5-day induction course organised by National Institute for Legal Studies (NILS), the outgoing President of the Senate frowned at the high turnover of lawmakers in the National Assembly.

The induction course was organized for newly elected members of the National Assembly organized by the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS).

Mark, a fifth-term Senator argued that the high turnover of federal lawmakers would slow down legislation in the incoming 8th Assembly.

Mark said the high turnover of lawmakers would impact negatively on the legislature.

Over 70 senators and 250 members of the House of Representatives lost out at the 28th March 2015 general election.

Mark also said: “Obviously when people are new to a system, it takes time for them to adjust and learn the procedures. It’s going to take time for them to even find their ways even round the National Assembly building itself.

“So, it will be a very slow start obviously. If the members returning are more, things will start a lot quicker.

“It’s going to be a slow starting process because it is a learning process for about 70 percent of the members,” Mark said.