Reps Reject National Conference And Referendum

The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a fresh bid for the convocation of a national conference and a referendum where a new constitution for the country would be approved by Nigerians.

The Senate and the House are currently in the process of further amending the 1999 Constitution.

However, a member from Rivers State, Mr. Kingsley Chinda, and another lawmaker from Edo State, Mr. Peter Akpatason, introduced a bill on Wednesday seeking to provide for the convocation of a national conference.

Chinda is a Peoples Democratic Party’s legislator, while Akpatason is a member of the All Progressives Congress.

The long title of the bill read, “A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Convocation of National Conference for the People of Nigeria for the Purpose of Discussing and Adopting a New Constitution to be submitted for Consideration and Approval at a Referendum and for other Purposes Connected therewith.”

But, the House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, did not allow the bill go far before it was rejected.

It said any procedure for amending the constitution that was either in conflict with the constitution or did not comply with the extant provisions for the amendment of the constitution was “illegal.”

The House position was highlighted by the Chairman, Committee on Rules/Business, Mr. Orker Jev. He raised a point of order to oppose the bill.

Jev said Section 1 of the constitution held the constitution to be the “supreme” law of the land, which was also binding on all Nigerians.

“Any law that is inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution automatically becomes null and void,” he stated.

Jev also argued that Section 9 of the constitution made clear provisions on how to amend it.

He added that the constitution did not include a referendum for the purpose of amending it.

“Any other thing other procedure is illegal.

“You cannot bring a bill here to amend the constitution,” Jev told the House.

Dogara quickly concurred with Jev before he rammed his gavel to rule out the bill.

Meanwhile, the House called for improved welfare for teachers in the country on Wednesday as they marked the 2016 World Teachers’ Day.

Many lawmakers suggested a separate salary structure for teachers and the provision of training facilities in schools.reps

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  • Cornel Nwankwo

    No doubts, the House of Representatives will never allow that because if a new Constitution is to be constituted by Nigerians themselves, there will be many provisions which will go against the House of Rep and Our politicians…..

    The 1999 constitution strongly needs amendment, they should come up with a better options and provisions to amend it

  • Na only wetin favor them, dem dey after

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      No mind them

    • chika bibian

      You dey mind them selfish mufus

  • kayode akinsanya

    That’s their problem

  • WillieBravo

    Yeye people. They will never b interested in what will be good for the entire country. They are only out for themselves.

  • Olovo Obinna

    The constitution needs to be amended… but my question is,,,after the last confab,,,why is it taking us this long to implement the outcome of the confab

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