Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on traditional rulers and leaders of the Niger Delta to intervene in the ongoing insecurity and pollution of the region by militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Avengers.
Governor Oshiomhole said this when he received a delegation from the National Assembly led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu.
The federal lawmakers were in Benin City, the Edo State capital to condole with the Benin Kingdom over the death of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo Erediauwa I.
Governor Oshiomhole noted that the people of the Niger Delta were primarily those who would suffer the effect of the ongoing pollution as a result of pipeline vandalism.
He also maintained that the ongoing insecurity would scare current and intending investors from the region.
Senator Ike Ekweremmadu, representing Enugu West Senatorial District, has said that the way forward for the Nigeria Police, in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is decentralization.
While delivering a paper on “Policing and National Security in Nigeria” at the 2013 Annual Lecture of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, the senator declared his stand in support for the decentralization of the police.
Sen. Ekweremmadu further called on the National Assembly to provide the framework for the establishment, structure and powers of the state police.
Professor Onyeka Nwolisa of the University of Ibadan, in his speech disclosed that his major concern is the conception of national security which pertains to democracy.
Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state in turn decried the absence of true spirit of federalism.
Speaking at the event, the US consulate advised that utmost carefulness be employed in whatever decision the country reaches as it will affect the whole black race.
The Senate has listed some issues it would be considering in the amendment of the 1999 Constitution.
Some of the issues listed by the constitution review committee at the end of the retreat in Asaba, the Delta State capital, are one term of five years for the president, vice president, governors and deputy governors and devolution of powers for true Federalism and the immunity clause.
However the deputy senate president and chairman of the senate committee on constitution review, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu assured that the senate has no position on any of the issues for consideration in the review of the 1999 constitution.
This may be the best way to describe the attempt by the National Assembly to amend the 1999 Constitution, although this is not the first time the National Assembly will be amending the Constitution.
In the sixth assembly, lawmakers tried to amend the constitution but concentrated largely on issues relating to electoral reforms.
However, the seventh assembly, is going far beyond electoral reforms, delving into key issues identified by its constitution review committee at the end of the retreat on constitutional review.
1. One term of five years for the president, vice president, governors and deputy governors
2. Devolution of powers for true Federalism
3. Indigenship and section 42 of the constitution
4. Financial autonomy for state Houses of Assembly
5. Creation of one State for the South East Zone
6. Creation of State police
7. Immunity clause
8. Judicial reform
Some lawmakers insisted that an amendment of the constitution would not solve the problems facing the country, some others were also not optimistic about how far reaching this exercise would be.