Nigerians want additional states, federalism – Reps

Nigerians want additional states, federalism – Reps

Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Constitution review, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has said that so far from memoranda received by his committee, state creation, federalism and devolution of powers remain the dominant issues.

Hon. Ihedioha, who is also Deputy Speaker of the House, said this at a briefing equally noted that local government, Indigeneship and Citizenship; electoral reforms; exclusion of Land Use Act from the Constitution are some of the major desires of Nigerians for amendment.

He equally said that Nigerians want an amendment of the Chapter 2 of the Constitution so as to make it enforceable, just as they want reforms in Judiciary, national security and police.

According to him,” We have received close to 75 submissions since then and expect to receive more. In addition the House in plenary has referred about ten bills to the Committee after passing second reading”.

He then said that the ultimate desire of Nigerians would prevail, as the committee will respect the public views.

He said that during the Thursday public hearing of the committee due for Port Harcourt, eminent Nigerians including; former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Lawal Uwais; the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega as well as other eminent scholars and jurists would share their experience with members of the committee.