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Nigeria Needs New Constitution-Gov Okowa




Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has stated that the country is in need of a new constitution, and not an amendment to accommodate emerging issues of good governance and greater interest of Nigerians.

Okowa stated this on Wednesday, May 26 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.

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.

His words: “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.’’

Okowa 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.

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