Amendment: Ogun Endorses 44 Alterations To 1999 Constitution


Stakeholders in Ogun State have supported the 44 alteration bills approved by the National Assembly in an attempt to amend the 1999 constitution.

The bills, which were sent to the State Houses of Assembly in the country for consideration, got the nod of critical stakeholders in Ogun, who all canvassed for the speedy passage and subsequent assent by President Muhammadu Buhari.

During a public hearing held Wednesday on the fifth Alteration of the 1999 Constitution at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the stakeholders concurred that the subsequent passage, assent and implementation of the bills would enhance national development.

The public hearing had in attendance, the National President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Akeem Ambali; the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye; the State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Emmanuel Bankole; the State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Kolawole Obadina; the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Akinola Abiodun; representative of Ogun West Stakeholders, Dr Yemisi Bamgbose; the Deputy Corps Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ajayi Amos and others.

The contributors opined that parts of the alteration bills were meant to bring about efficiency in the third tier of government, promote accountability, transparency and enhance the principles of separation of powers.

It was also believed that the amendment would aid enhanced bio-data record keeping, improved security of lives and property as well as boost food security; enhance free, compulsory and basic education and fundamental rights of all citizens among others.

Speaking, Comrade Ambali lauded the Assembly for conveying the forum to harness stakeholders’ views, stating that it would help promote good governance at all levels.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Speaker Oluomo expressed optimism that when the alterations were eventually carried out successfully, more institutions of government would be further strengthened, especially the three arms of government.

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