Senate to begin constitutional amendment January — Lawan


Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday disclosed that it would commence the review of the Nigerian Constitution by next month.
The Senate President made the disclosure while receiving in audience the European Union Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ketil Karlsen who paid him a courtesy visit.
According to Mr Lawan, work on the 2020 budget and other this delayed the setting up of the Constitutional Review Committee
He, however, assured the nation that the committee will soon be put in place.
“Very soon, we will constitute our Committee on Constitutional Review. We haven’t done so yet because we have been engaged so much more with other issues.
“We believe that by the time we passed the budget, then our committee on Constitutional Review will be put in place.
“By next year January, the committee will start some work because we already have some references that require some kind of constitutional review,” Mr Lawan said.
Mr Lawan expressed appreciation to the support the EU has been extending to Nigeria particularly in the areas of the electoral process and political development and cooperation.
“Our democracy since 1999 has received a lot of support from the EU and this is making very positive impact.
“The relationship between the EU and the Nigerian government is not like it is with other organizations.
“We also have relationship at the level of legislature. We have the EU-ACPU joint parliamentary Assembly.
“We believe this is one area through which we can continue to discuss issues that affect us in relation to the EU or what we think we can be doing together,” Mr Lawan said.


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