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Reps to amend Constitution piecemeal

From Kemi Yesufu, Abuja

THE House of Representa­tives may have decided to conduct a further review of the 1999 Constitution piecemeal.
Deputy Speaker, Lasun Yussuff disclosed this de­velopment yesterday.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Wole Oladimeji, it is hoped that the piecemeal ap­proach will make the pro­cess faster and allow for presidential assent
To that end, the Ad hoc Constitution review com­mittee will meet today with legislative consul­tants and legal experts to brainstorm on reasons the Fourth Alteration Bill by the Seventh Assembly was not assented to by former president Goodluck Jona­than.
Yusuff said with the new piecemeal method, sec­tions of the Constitution, which need to be amended, would have been conclud­ed and assented to by the president.
“The review exercise would be presented to the president in piecemeal manner and not as single bill as was done in the Seventh National Assem­bly.
“In other words, bills on the same subject mat­ter would be presented to the president as a single bill.
“So, at the end of the day, the committee may come up with four or more bills to be presented to the president for as­sent.”

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