Ongoing constitution review will help President Muhammadu Buhari address Nigeria’s challenges if well-harnessed, says Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu.
Mr Ugwuanyi also reiterated his administration’s commitment and support to egalitarian Nigeria anchored on justice, fairness, equity, and inclusiveness.
The governor stated this on Tuesday during a two-day zonal public hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Constitution Review holding in Enugu.
During the public hearing of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review, the governor had last week declared his government’s support for amendments in the constitution of Nigeria that would enhance the nation’s unity and prosperity.
He urged all relevant institutions, civil society organisations, stakeholders, and the entire Enugu residents “to stand up and be counted in this important national discussion.”
Earlier in his address, a committee member, Toby Okechukwu, said the public hearing was in the quest for a constitution that advances unity, good governance, and prosperity.
The lawmaker said the committee was in the South-East for a serious business of ensuring that views and aspirations of the people of the geopolitical zone were captured and reflected in the constitution review.
“We believe that the ongoing exercise, if well harnessed, presents the Nigerian government and people with ample opportunity to find answers to the myriads of pressing challenges facing our nation today.
“On our part, we assure you that your views will count and whatever views and memos you submit here today and tomorrow will form part of the working documents for the constitution review by the ninth assembly,” he said.
The public hearing on the 1999 constitution review is going on simultaneously across the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The Enugu centre comprised Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi, and the exercise would last for two days.