House Adopts Procedures For Constitution Amendment

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Amidst protests from some lawmakers, the House of Representatives took a major step in the march towards the amendment of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Our correspondent reports that the lawmakers adopted a set of nine procedures that every section of the constitution slated for alteration will pass through before being deemed amended.

The Tide gathered in a move to confirm the perceived disposition of the House to go on solo on the important national assignment, the chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Hon Ita Enang, and 18 other lawmakers stormed the House with a motion seeking to proscribe the hurdles the House would need to scale to make the process orderly and acceptable to the citizenry. The motion tagged: Special order No 1, 2009. Procedure for Amendment of 1999 Constitution brought under order 1, Rule 1 (2), standing order of the House of Representatives, 2008 sought the approval of the House in respect of the nine special procedures.

Enang reason that since the portions of the constitution to be amended have been streamlined in the form of executive bills currently pending in both chambers of the National Assembly, the House will treat the bill in accordance with the stipulations of the constitution but with some modifications in view of the peculiar nature of the bills.