House Consideration On Constitution Amendment Stalled

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Updated July 16, 2013

Plans by the House of Representatives to begin clause-by-clause consideration of the report on constitution amendment for the alteration of the 1999 constitution was today  stalled after some lawmakers questioned the procedure being adopted by the house leadership.

Being the first allotted day for consideration of the report of the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee on the review of the constitution, the chairman of the committee; Rep. Emeka Ihedioha started with a summary of how Nigerians had voted on the items being considered for amendment.

The Speaker of the House; Aminu Tambuwal then advised the lawmakers to be on the side of the people as they consider the report. Even as he said the house is not targeting any public office holder with the proposed amendments to the constitution.

The speaker however said the procedure was in order but after other observations by other lawmakers on the non-availability of the proposed documents, the house put off the consideration till tomorrow.

He also encouraged lawmakers to be on the side of the people during the consideration and not to follow the bidding of any individual.

But the proposed consideration was brought to a halt following an observation about the procedure to be used by the house.

This observation led to a short break in the proceedings as the leadership consulted before coming with a decision.