OrderPaper Nigeria with support from the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Programme of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom invites you to join the Second OPEN Constitution Conversation holding as follows:
Date: Friday, July 16, 2021
Time: 10.00AM (WAT)
Speakers at the event are:
- Distinguished Senator Sadiq Suleiman Umar, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business
- Dr. Adebola Bakare, Lecturer, Political Science Department, University of Ilorin
- Comrade Akeem Olatunji, National President, Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE)
- Comrade Okoroafor Okechukwu, National Legal Adviser, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT)
The Conversation will place cardinal focus on the following:
- Standard Tenure for Elected Council Officials
- Abolishing of Caretaker Committees
- Abolishing of JAAC and Direct Allocation to Local Government Areas
- Special Provision for Payment of Teachers’ Salary
- Provision for Savings
Nigeria is at a momentous bend in her history. Diverse challenges have expanded the fault lines as reechoed by rising ethnic nationalism and centripetal forces tugging at the tenuous thread that binds us together. The calls for restructuring of the country have never been louder. The 1999 Constitution (as amended) is at the centre of the debate with some calling for extensive or wholesale amendment while others demanding a new grundnum altogether. Incidentally, the National Assembly has advanced in the process of amending the document as provided for by the Constitution itself. The need for robust conversations and seeking consensus on the ways and means of national rebirth, which these times call for, cannot be over-emphasized. How do we plug the Constitution Review process to fit into this urgent national imperative?
Accordingly, OrderPaper Nigeria has designed a series of conversations on the Constitution Review Process to raise public awareness and engender citizen engagement and participation in the all-important process of alteration of the 1999 Constitution (as amended). The Inaugural OPEN Constitution Conversation Series, which held on May 26, 2021, featured Prof. (Hon.) Julius Ihonvbere and Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa as Panelists while the Deputy President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, delivered a keynote remark.
The OPEN Series is a purpose-built programme tailored to bridge the gap between citizens and the National Assembly and serve as a platform for interaction and consultation between the Legislature and wider civil society, media and the private sector on legislative matters. Each OPEN event produces an outcome document with which stakeholders can further engage the policy and legislative process.