Constitution review: We’re poised to meet expectations of Nigerians — Akpabio

President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio on Friday, said that the 10th National Assembly will produce a constitution that will take into cognizance the collective aspirations of Nigerians, shape, unite, and accelerate the development of the country.We must take into account the diverse perspectives and experiences that make up our great nation. By doing so, we lay a solid foundation for a constitution that truly represents the hope and dreams of every single Nigerian alive.appointment and inauguration of Consultants; retreat of the Secretariat and Consultants of the House
joint Committee Secretariat and Consultants of both the Senate and the HouseHowever, a lot remains to be done, especially in the areas of security and revenue allocation.

“At this point in our history, vis-a-vis the seemingly intractable security problems across the nation, I doubt if we can still debate the necessity or otherwise of state police. Experience has shown that a centralized security architecture cannot effectively tackle localized crimes.

“The creation of state police does not mean the abolition of federal police. Presently, the synergy between the state minister of internal Security and Waterways and security agencies is yielding enormous benefits in the state.

“This particular issue of national importance is, to my mind, a labor test for your committee in particular and the 10th assembly as a whole on revenue allocation. It is an incontrovertible fact that all Nigerians live in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. The responsibilities of states are huge and they definitely need more money to meet their obligations.

“More so, in the spirit of federalism, the constitution should make provisions for states to benefit more from natural resources obtained within their territories. I believe a constitution which truly exposes the principles of federalism will help to de-escalate tension in the country, resolve some of our most serious challenges, and bear a prosperous nation,” he said.

Also speaking, the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Oyo State House of Assembly Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin said that the conference is more interested in state police, local government autonomy, resource control and revenue allocation, devolution of powers to the states amongst others.

He said: “There are fundamental National issues that must be reviewed and considered for constitutional amendments, issues such as state police, local government autonomy, resource control, and revenue allocation, centralisation of powers in the center or devolution of powers to state amongst other pressing matters.

“I strongly believe the leadership of the National Assembly and Speakers at the States Assembly will collaborate to ensure the passage of some of these critical issues in the ongoing Sixth Alteration of the Nigeria Constitution especially when critical issues such as security are considered. Let me say for the record that the conference of speakers of state legislators strongly supports the establishment of State Police and other amendments that promote Federalism.

“As Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, in this task of Constitutional review process, I want to believe my roles will be multi-dimensional in engaging my colleagues at State levels, the leadership of National Assembly, Governors’ forum, and other critical stakeholders in stimulating discussions on some of the identified grey areas moving forward as a Nation,” he said.

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