Constitution Review: We have Kept Faith with Nigerians

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, 360 members of the House of Representatives relocated to their constituencies and participated in the Peoples’ Public Sessions on the review of the 1999 Constitution. These town hall meetings involved constituents, representatives of civil society organisations and stakeholders to deliberate on a 43-item template that articulated all of the issues, views and memoranda submitted by Nigerians on issues they would like to see amended in the constitution of Nigeria. The guidelines that guided the sessions also gave room for further issues not contained in the template to be discussed and reported on.

Regrettably, the presentation of the collated results of the sessions earlier scheduled to hold on January 31, 2013, was postponed to ensure that more time was given to members to verify that the results reflected the voting in their various constituencies. Let me assure all Nigerians that the results that have been presented yesterday, April 18th, 2013 have been painstakingly collated, verified and its integrity can be fully assured…

As we conclude this phase of the Constitution Review Process, I want to once again extend my appreciation and place on record the great support and active collaboration of the professional associations, civil society organisations and trade unions that sent representatives to both the peoples public sessions and the collation process. To our development partners especially the British Department for International Development (DFID) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/DGD, we thank you for your continued support….

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