25 May 2021 By Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives has fixed the first to the third of June 2021 for its zonal public hearings on the review of the 1999 Constitution.
The Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman of the committee, Ahmed Wase in a statement, said the hearing was scheduled to take place across the six geopolitical zones, with two centers in each zone.
Wase added that the hearing is open to the general public, executives and judicial bodies, traditional institutions, political parties, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.
While revealing that members of the committee would be posted outside their zones to have a feeling of what is obtained in other geopolitical zones, the deputy speaker appealed to the lawmakers to put Nigeria first and ensure they deliver the best constitution possible.
According to the statement the North Central zone public hearing would hold in Jos, with Plateau, Benue, Nasarawa states and FCT, in attendance, while Lokoja would serve as the second centre, with Kogi, Niger and Kwara states.
The North East has Bauchi centre, which is made up of Bauchi, Borno and Yobe states, while Yola centre has Adamawa, Taraba and Gombe states.
The North West centre is in Birnin Kebbi, with Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto states, while Kano center would host on Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa states.
In the South East zone, the Enugu centre, would host Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi states, while Owerri centre will host Imo and Abia states.
The South West with a centre in Akure, will host Ondo, Ekiti and Osun states, while Lagos centre will host Lagos, Oyo and Ogun states.
The South South zone would hold in Asaba center comprising Delta, Bayelsa and Edo states, while Uyo center would host Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Cross River states.
Wase urged the committee members to write their names in gold by not wasting this golden opportunity as Nigerians want a constitution that would represent their yearnings and interest.