Ovie Omo-Agege, the Deputy Senate President has revealed why the National Assembly is yet to carry out the planned review of the 1999 constitution.
Making this revelation in his new year message, the deputy senate president explained that the outbreak of novel coronavirus pandemic disrupted the constitutional review plans of the national assembly.
Omo-Agege who doubles as the Chairman of the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Review revealed that the lawmakers were working round the clock to ensure that the constitution review process is successful.
Further promising that the national assembly will be fair to all in the constitution review process, the statement by Omo-Agege read:
"Coronavirus pandemic disrupted our earlier plans to have the constitution alteration bills voted on sometime in December last year.”
“Consequently, we will have those votes taken on each of these bills separately in the not too distant time.”
”COVID-19 has upended the global economy with its devastating effects not only on health, but on domestic economies and multilateral trade, cooperation and aid.
“It has led to recession in various countries, killed over a million people and wiped out millions of jobs.
“We are also confronted with security challenges in most parts of the country.
“As Nigerians, we stand together, confident that we shall again overcome these challenges. Our ability to overcome our challenges collectively has never been in doubt; what we need now more than ever is to galvanize these unique qualities for the good of all.
“As a people, we must continue to imbibe the spirit of togetherness and love for one another. We must also support the government at all levels by contributing our quota to the generation of wealth and the alleviation of poverty in the land.
“I firmly believe that we are on course to true greatness. Let us keep hope alive as we renew our collective resolve to ensure that the dreams and labour of our heroes’ past are transformed into a better future for succeeding generations.”