House of Reps inaugurates constitution review committee

Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday, inaugurated the House’s constitution review committee, consisting of 49 members.

The Senate had last week inaugurated a similar committee.

The committee will conclude work on the fourth alteration bill started by the seventh Assembly, Mr. Dogara said at inauguration ceremony Thursday.

The seventh Assembly had jointly passed the fourth alteration bill to further amend the 1999 Constitution, but former President Goodluck Jonathan withheld assent even after billions had been committed to amendment exercise.

The Sixth Assembly (2007-2011) enacted the first, second and third alterations to the constitution.

Against this background, Mr. Dogara said, “Since the coming into effect of the 1999 Constitution, and the convocation of the National Assembly in 1999, varying efforts were made in the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Assembly to alter some sections of the Constitution.

“Indeed the 6th Assembly (2007-2011) enacted the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Alteration Acts.

“The 4th Alteration Act was successfully carried out at the level of the National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly by the 7th Assembly (2011-2015), but was unfortunately not assented to by the then president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR.

“The 1999 Constitution vests law-making powers in the National Assembly (Section 4); and in particular, it envisages that the constitution, being a living document that is expected to guide the affairs of the country may require alteration or amendments from time to time as a result of operation of its various aspects or new experiences and new thinking on some of its provisions.

“It is as a result of this that the constitution specifically provides for the mode of altering its provisions in Section 9 thereof,” the speaker said.

He advised the committee not to start afresh.

“In carrying out your assignment, therefore, we would recommend a two-track approach.

“Firstly, we need to conclude the 4th Alteration Bill, which is pending.

“Secondly, we need to process all the other new bills referred to the committee by members, including new proposals from the general public.

“We may also sift ideas from the CONFAB Report of 2014, in a possible 5th Alteration Bill,” he recommended.

The committee is chaired by the deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, and consists one representative from all the states as well as nine principal officers of the house.

List of members

Suleiman Lasun
(Deputy Speaker) – Chairman
ii. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila – Member
iii. Hon. Ado Garba Alhassan – Member
iv. Hon. Umar Buba Jibril – Member
v. Hon. Pally Iriase – Member
vi. Hon. Leo Ogor – Member
vii. Hon. Umar Barde Yakubu – Member
viii. Hon. Chukwuka Wilfred Onyema – Member
ix. Hon. Binta Bello – Member
x. Hon. Sunday Karimi – Member
xi. Hon. Funke Adedoyin – Member
xii. Hon. Zephaniah Jisallo – Member
xiii. Hon. Gyang Istifanus Dung – Member
xiv. Hon. Abubakar Chika – Member
xv. Hon. Emma Udende – Member
xvi. Hon. J. G. Gaza – Member
xvii. Hon. Sani M. Abdu – Member
xviii. Hon. Aisha Jibir Dukku – Member
xix. Hon. Zakari Y. Galadima – Member
xx. Hon. Mohammed Nur Sheriff – Member
xxi. Hon. Sadiq Ibrahim – Member
xxii. Hon. Rimande Kwewum Shewulu – Member
xxiii. Hon. Alhassan Bala Abubakar – Member
xxiv. Hon. Abubakar Hussaini Moriki – Member
xxv. Hon. Sunday Marshall Katung – Member
xxvi. Hon. Rabiu Garba Kaugama – Member
xxvii. Hon. Mohammed Ali Wudil – Member
xxviii. Hon. Adullahi Umar Faruk – Member
xxix. Hon. Murtala Isah – Member
xxx. Hon. Nkem Uzoma Abonta – Member
xxxi. Hon. Eucharia Azodo – Member
xxxii. Hon. Nwazunkwu Chukwuma – Member
xxxiii. Hon. Kingsley Ebenyi – Member
xxxiv. Hon. Jerry Alagbaoso – Member
xxxv. Hon Diri Douye – Member
xxxvi. Hon. Henry Okon Archibong – Member
xxxvii. Hon. Bassey Eko Ewa – Member
xxxviii.Hon. Daniel Reyenieju – Member
xxxix. Hon. Nnam Obi Uchechukwu – Member
xl. Hon. Akpatason Peter Ohiozojeh – Member
xli. Hon. Babajimi Benson – Member
xlii. Hon. Yinka Ajayi – Member
xliii. Hon. Isiaka Ayotunre Ibrahim – Member
xliv. Hon. Kehinde Agboola – Member
xlv. Hon. Olemija Stephen – Member
xlvi. Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi – Member
xlvii. Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir – Member
xlviii. Hon. Onyemaechi Joan Mrakpor – Member
xlix. Hon. Stella Ngwu – Member


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  • RestructureNigeria

    WAY TO GO NASS BUT THE OUTCOMES MUST BE A COMPLETE RESTRUCTURING OF NIGERIA ALONGSIDE 2014 CONFERENCE. THAT IS THE YEARNING OF VAST MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS:

    STILL NIGERIANS MUST WAKE UP AND FACE REALITY…..IF YOU LOVE YOUR CHILDREN NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT TO RESTRUCTURE NIGERIA…..

    REMEMBER….

    As long the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace-loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. Although there WILL be Islamic
    attacks..

    United States — Muslim 0.6%

    Australia — Muslim 1.5%

    Canada — Muslim 1.9%

    China — Muslim 1.8%

    Italy — Muslim 1.5%

    Norway — Muslim 1.8%

    At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. There will be MORE attacks at this level. This is happening in:

    Denmark — Muslim 2%

    Germany — Muslim 3.7%

    United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%

    Spain — Muslim 4%

    Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

    From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply.
    There will now be a level of fear from the natural population towards muslims. This is occurring in:

    France — Muslim 8%

    Philippines — 5%

    Sweden — Muslim 5%

    Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%

    The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%

    Trinidad & Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

    At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world. When Muslims approach 10% of the population, they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris ,
    we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily,
    particularly in Muslim sections, in: Almost DAILY attacks in this range

    Guyana — Muslim 10%

    India — Muslim 13.4%

    Israel — Muslim 16%

    Kenya — Muslim 10%

    Russia — Muslim 15%

    After reaching 20%, nations can expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in:

    Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

    At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in:

    Bosnia — Muslim 40%

    NIGERIA– Muslim 42.8%

    Chad — Muslim 53.1%

    Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

    From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and ***ya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in:

    Albania — Muslim 70%

    Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%

    Qatar — Muslim 77.5%

    Sudan — Muslim 70%

    After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim, such as has been experienced and in
    some ways is on-going in:

    Bangladesh — Muslim 83%

    Egypt — Muslim 90%

    Gaza — Muslim 98.7%

    Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%

    Iran — Muslim 98%

    Iraq — Muslim 97%

    Jordan — Muslim 92%

    Morocco — Muslim 98.7%

    Pakistan — Muslim 97%

    Palestine — Muslim 99%

    Syria — Muslim 90%

    Tajikistan — Muslim 90%

    Turkey — Muslim 99.8%

    United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

    100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace. Here there’s supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasas are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such
    as in:

    Afghanistan — Muslim 100%

    Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%

    Somalia — Muslim 100%

    Yemen — Muslim 100%

    Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate
    and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. Then you have BOKO HARAM, ISIS..Islam with a hall pass!!!

  • Angry Niaja

    They are at it again, another avenue to loot money. The last parliament is still embroiled in looting money for this so called “constitution review” Haba Nigeria!!!???

  • Ajantala

    Here we go again!!!

  • ukoette ibekwe

    There are thirty states in the federation and why are there more members than the number of states. What were the criteria in choosing the extra members which seems to skew the membership inappropriately in favor of the North. I don’t see anything happening here to begin to address the critical issues facing the nation.
    Another charade in the Nigerian theater.

    • PolyGon2013

      There are 36 states.

      • ukoette ibekwe

        An obvious typo. Thanks for pointing out, though.

  • Dazmillion

    Another round of billions will be spent on a wild goose chase.