BREAKING: House of Reps Announces Date To Deliver Nigeria’s New Constitution

BREAKING: House of Reps Announces Date To Deliver Nigeria’s New Constitution

  • President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's led federal government has announced the date Nigeria will get its new constitution
  • Benjamin Kalu, the deputy speaker of the House, on Monday, February 26, noted that the president needed more time for assent
  • Kalu said the president and the House will ensure the new laws "reflect on the people’s evolving needs and aspirations" journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

FCT, Abuja - On Monday, February 26, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and chairman of the House Committee on Constitution Review, Benjamin Kalu, said that Nigeria's new constitution will be ready for presidential assent in the next 24 months.

House of Reps, 1999 constitution, Benjamin Kalu, Bola Tinubu, renewed hope agenda
House of Reps has communicated to Nigerians the date the nation's new constitution will be ready. Photo credit: House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria
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As reported by The Nation, Kalu made this known at the formal inauguration of the House Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.

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Tinubu needs time to study new constitution

Speaking at the event, Kalu disclosed that the plan to get a new constitution available is to give President Bola Ahmed Tinubu time to study the alterations before signing them into law away from the busy schedule of election year.

He said:

“Our constitution, the foundation of our democracy, stands as a testament to our collective aspirations for a just, equitable, and prosperous society. Yet, as we confront the realities of the 21st century, it is incumbent upon us to recognize the imperative for constitutional reform, to ensure that our laws reflect our people’s evolving needs and aspirations.”

The deputy speaker hinted further that the House was also waiting for executive-sponsored bill proposals that reflect issues on the renewed hope agenda of the president.

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In another development, reported earlier that 60 members of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, February 14, proposed a bill seeking the transformation to a parliamentary system of government from the current presidential system.

The bill was presented for first reading in the legislative chamber.

Led by a lawmaker representing Lagos state under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Wale Raji, the lawmakers identified the need for reducing the cost of government and robust policy debates, among others, as some of the reasons for demanding a return to the parliamentary system.


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