HOUSE of Representatives special ad hoc committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution has adopted the report of the 2014 National Conference as part of its working document.
In a press statement, the chief press secretary to the deputy speaker, Wole Oladimeji said the decision to adopt the report of the National Conference was taken at a working session/retreat of the committee recently held at TRANSCORP Hilton Hotel, Abuja He hinted that the meeting was presided over by the chairman of the committee who doubles as the deputy speaker of the House, Hon Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff. Oladimeji revealed that copies of the report had been circulated to members of the committee to go through and come up with recommendations to the committee while the consultants to the committee had given a report to advise the committee on how to go about it. He added that some of the salient proposals in the report would be turned into draft bills, which would be presented to the House for adoption and passage. The chief press secretary noted that the committee would commence work on the review immediately the House resumes
from its Sallah break. Nigerian Pilot recalls that delegates at the confab had agreed to change the Draft Constitution 2014 to ‘Proposed Amendment to 1999 Constitution.’ But northern delegates had rejected the draft constitution, saying that it was a ploy to legitimise the third term agenda. Southern delegates on their part had said that it was unfortunate as there was nothing in the report that was not adopted by the entire conference through consensus. The National Conference, which began on March 17, 2014, was formally declared closed by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, August 21, 2014. There were about 492 delegates that represented a cross-section of Nigerians, including professional bodies.
The National Conference was headed by retired Chief Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi. Following a plenary session that lasted for weeks, the conference was broken into 20 committees that included Public Finance and Revenue among others. The main committees are Devolution of Power, Political Restructuring and Forms of Government, National Security, Environment, Politics and Governance, Law, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Reform, Social Welfare, Transportation, Agriculture, Society, Labour and Sports; Public Service; Electoral Matters; Foreign Policy and Diaspora Matters; Land Tenure Matters and National Boundary. Others include Trade and Investment Committee, Energy, Religion, Public Finance and Revenue Generation; Science and Technology and Immigration.