Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Tuesday gave an update on the efforts of the National Assembly to review the 1999 Constitution.
According to him, work is ongoing on the review of the constitution and the report would be considered soon.
During a two-day National Public Hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution last year, some Nigerians had for a brand new constitution.
Giving an update on the review of the constitution at the first seating of the senators in Abuja, after the Christmas and New Year holidays, Lawan noted that the upper chamber is collaborating with the House of Representatives and would communicate to the State Houses of Assembly within the first quarter of this year.
He said, “The review of the 1999 Constitution is a major plank of our Legislature Agenda. Our Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has done so much work so far.
“Working with their counterparts in the House of Representatives, the report of the Committee will be presented to the Senate for consideration soon.”
Lawan equally talked about the Electoral Bill, promising that the Senate would expedite action on the document, having concluded all consultations on the president’s observations.
Recalling that the Senate postponed discussions on the consideration of the response of President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill 2021, in December last year, he said the move was necessary to enable the Senate to consult with the House of Representatives and their constituents respectively.
“As we all know, the Senate and indeed the National Assembly worked so hard on the Bill. Having consulted, the Senate will expeditiously look into the issue.
“Distinguished Colleagues, Political activities leading to 2023 general elections have already started. This Senate should continue to provide the support that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) needs for successful elections across the country,” he said.
Lawan acknowledged that political activities leading to the 2023 general elections had begun, and assured that the Senate remained committed to supporting INEC for the successful conduct of polls across the country.
He also prayed that federal lawmakers interested in running for various political offices next year be successful in their ambitions.