Nigeria Needs New Constitution, Not Amendment, Says Gov Okowa
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state is of the opinion that Nigeria needs a new constitution
- The Delta state governor wants a new constitution written while the old becomes a temporary document
- Governor Okowa made his stance known when he received a delegation from the National Assembly
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Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Wednesday, May 26 said Nigeria needed a new constitution, and not an amendment to accommodate emerging issues of good governance and greater interest of Nigerians.
Okowa stated this when he received on a courtesy visit, the Senate sub-committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution led by Senator James Manager at Government House, Asaba.
He said that a new constitution for the country had become imperative in view of observed lacunas in the 1999 constitution.
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He also called for the insertion of a clause to allow for the re-writing of the constitution while the current remains till the new one is ready.
“There is no doubt that there is still a lot to work on in our constitution to have a near-perfect document, and I know that the National Assembly has continued over time, to cause some of the amendments to be.
“We know that some amendments were made recently but on a general note, we are also aware that the constitution itself appears to have just been hurriedly put up just before the 1999 elections and handed over.’’
He assured the committee of the support of the state when recommendations were made from the National Assembly.
Earlier, Senator Manager had said that the committee which comprised senators from Edo, Bayelsa, and Delta were in the state to conduct a two-day public hearing on the amendment of the 1999 constitution.
He said that aside from the spiritual books, the constitution was the most important book for any country.
Recall that Governor Okowa recently said that for Nigeria to truly develop as a nation, there must be a partnership between government and the people, predicated on equity, fairness, and justice.
The governor stated this at a state banquet in honour of retiring chief judge of Delta state, Justice Marshal Umukoro, on Saturday night, May 22 in Government House, Asaba.
He said that in such partnership, consideration of equity and rights of all was paramount and that the people must be treated fairly and equitably in all dealings.
Similarly, Governor Okowa, on Saturday, May 15 said resolutions reached at the Southern Governors Forum's meeting held in Asaba recently were for the good of the nation.
Okowa stated this while speaking at the empowerment of constituents of Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency by their representative and minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu.