Constitution: Senators, Reps to vote on amendment

The National Assembly has scheduled voting on constitution amendment bills for next week.

This announcement was made by the Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate committee, Ovie Omo-Agege, while disclosing that the report of the committee would be laid on Wednesday (today) and copies would be distributed to lawmakers.

He appealed to senators to study the report ahead of its consideration and ensure they attend plenary next Tuesday to vote on the bills.

Omo-Agege noted that some provisions of the report to be considered and voted on require the mandatory two-thirds and four-fifth membership of the 109-member Senate.

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

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

“As you know, there are certain amendments that will require the two-thirds majority of all our colleagues – the entire Senate; not two-third 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.

“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 votes on Tuesday.

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

At the House of Representatives, the voting process has been scheduled to hold between Wednesday and Thursday next week.

Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, while making the announcement, said all members of the chamber are expected to attend the sessions to cast their votes.

Gbajabiamila barred committees and their members from oversight tours or hearings within the two days dedicated to the exercise.

He said, “We will be voting on the first set of Constitution amendment (bills) on March 3 and 4, 2022. Every member is expected to be on the floor to cast their votes. There will be no committee meetings and no oversight.”

Source: PUNCH

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