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Nigeria: Senate slates new date to vote on constitutional amendments

Senate votes on Constitution Review next Tuesday [Image: courtesy]
The report of the Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution will be laid before the Senate on Wednesday, and voting on the recommendations will begin on Tuesday next week.

Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Senate’s Deputy President and Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Alteration to the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, revealed this on Tuesday.

The Delta Central representative of the All Progressives Congress indicated that the report will be shared with all senators on Wednesday so that they could individually receive a copy, review the document, and bring it to the Chamber on Tuesday, March 1 to vote on the revisions.

“The Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution will meet today, Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, immediately following plenary session at room 221 of the Senate building,” Omo-Agege said.

“Please, this meeting is extremely important.

“Tomorrow, the Senate President will declare that the Constitution Review Committee’s report will be laid tomorrow, Wednesday and that we will vote on March 1st, which is Tuesday.”

“That will give us approximately 4 to 5 days to evaluate the report, consult as necessary, and vote.”

“On that day, it is critical that all of our colleagues be present.

“As you are aware, certain amendments will require a two-thirds majority of all of our colleagues – the entire Senate – not two-thirds of those who are present, but two-thirds of the entire Senate membership, and there are certain other clauses that will require four-fifths of the entire Senate.”

“So, please, in my capacity as Chairman of the Committee, and without prejudice to the announcement the Senate President will make tomorrow, I ask all of our members to be present to cast their vote on Tuesday.”

“The report will be laid tomorrow and made available to all members; we expect you to take it home with you and return to the chamber on Tuesday to vote.”

 

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