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Senate to vote on Constitution Review Report next week

OrderPaperToday –
The Senate will next Tuesday, vote on amendments to the 1999 Constitution as contained in the report of its Committee on Constitution Review. 

Committee Chairman, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, gave the hint at the start of plenary, following an announcement inviting members of the committee to a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd day of February.

Omo-Agege, who presided over the session, disclosed that the report of the Constitution Review Committee would be laid on Wednesday, February 23, during plenary, and copies distributed to lawmakers.

“Tomorrow, the Senate President will announce that the report of the Constitution Review Committee will be laid on Wednesday tomorrow and, thereafter, we will take our vote on March 1st which will be Tuesday.

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He, therefore, appealed to Senators to study the report ahead of its consideration and ensure they are present during plenary next Tuesday to avail themselves of the opportunity to vote on it. 

“That will give us about 4 to 5 days to review the report, consult as we deem fit and be prepared to vote. It is imperative that all of our colleagues be present on that day. 

“So, please, it is my appeal without prejudice to the announcement the Senate President will make tomorrow, in my capacity as the Chairman of the Committee, to urge that all of our members be prepared to be present to cast their vote on Tuesday.

“The report will be laid tomorrow and be made available to all members, which report you will take home and we expect you to bring back to the chamber on Tuesday to cast your vote.”

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According to the lawmaker who also chairs the Constitution Review Committee, for some provisions of the report to be considered and voted on, the mandatory two-thirds and four-fifth requirements of the membership of the entire Senate must be met by the chamber. 

“As you know, there are certain amendments that will require the two-thirds majority of all our colleagues – the entire Senate – not two-thirds of those who are present, but two-thirds of the entire membership of the Senate and, indeed, there are some other provisions that would require four-fifths of the entire Senate,” Omo-Agege said.

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Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq
Temidayo Taiwo-Sidiq is an ace political analyst and content editor with major interest in Nigerian Politics and Governance
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