No room for creation of new constitution- Ekweremadu
By Millicent Onaga, Enugu
In what can best be considered as a swift response to the clamour for a brand new constitution by some Nigerians, a former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu Ekweremadu has said there is no provision in the 1999 constitution for creation of a new constitution
Orient Daily had reported that prominent Nigerians, including Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa had in declaring the Constitution Review committee’s sittings open demanded for a new constitution.
But Ekweremadu while speaking yesterday at the Southeast Zonal Public Hearing of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in Enugu maintained that there was no room created in the last constitution for creation of a new one.
“So, we need to go back and agree on how a new constitution will emerge. Even though some Nigerians are clamoring for creation of a new constitution, we only have room for amendment of the constitution and not creation of a new constitution one but with this clamoring, it’s necessary for us to lay foundation and provide ways on how to come up with a new constitution”, he stated.
He stated that even though some Nigerians are clamoring for creation of a new constitution, there is only room for amendment of the constitution and not creation of a new one.
Ekweremadu who is the chairman of the Enugu zonal public hearing also said the members of the National Assembly were not to blame for the past failures to review the constitution.
Said he, “It will be unfair to say we have not achieved anything. So, members of the National Assembly should not be held responsible for the previous failure to review the constitution.
“We made efforts to review the constitution but some bottlenecks have made it difficult,” he said. The problem is not our own, we made efforts but there were some frustrating circumstances. I just do hope that those behind the frustrating circumstances will be able to learn from what is going on,” he said.
He said that National Assembly from 2012 have made some successes in reviewing the constitution.
In his closing remarks, the former Governor of Ebonyi State, Senator Sam Egwu thanked all leaders as well as different groups for their participation and committment during the 2 days public hearing.
He then assured that all their submissions and recommendation would be given due considerations noting, “we want to assure that all interests by public groups would be given due consideration”.