SAN FRANCISCO, October 12, (THEWILL) – Members of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, met on Wednesday night at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja to the review the ongoing efforts aimed at amending the country’s Constitution.
The meeting which was chaired by the forum’s chairman, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, discussed the presentation made to governors by the chairman of the constitution amendment committee, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, during its last meeting.
Yari, who spoke with State House correspondents at the end of the meeting assured that the governors would continue their consultation on the matter with the leadership of the House of Representatives next week.
“The Deputy Senate President was here with us to brief us on the harmonized position of the two houses for the task of the schedule of the amendment of the Nigeria constitution.
“Because of its importance, we decided to hold this extraordinary meeting so that we could deliberate,” he said.
Yari continued that the governors had wanted to invite the Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies so as to “collectively look at what was submitted for the betterment of the nation”.
He said the NGF has information that the two chambers of the National Assembly are having difficulty harmonizing their positions on the amendments to the constitution.
“So probably by next week, that is on the 18th, the Speaker of the House of Representatives or his representative will come and make his own presentation to us so that we look at it too,” he said.
The Zamfara governor also stated that issues such as “national interest, devolution of powers, and political agitations were not taken into considerations in that amendment.”
The NGF Chairman said as leaders, the governors consider it important for these issues to be captured for the good of the nation.
THEWILL recalls that the Conference of Speakers of the 36 Houses of Assembly had held a meeting in Yola, Adamawa State, two weeks ago, to also discuss the constitutional amendment.