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Constitution review ‘ll address imbalance, say Manager, Okowa

SENATORS James Manager and Ifeanyi Okowa from Delta State, have said the ongoing review of the 1999 constitution by the National Assembly will redress imbalance in the constitution.

They spoke after the retreat in Asaba by the Senate Committee on review of the 1999 constitution. The Senators said the issues raised at the retreat would be analysed and given attention, stressing that the review of the constitution came at the right time.

According to them, all shades of opinion on the single term of five years for the President and his Vice, governors and their deputies would be considered by the Senate before arriving at a conclusion, emphasizing that the devolution of powers for true federalism would enable states do more in terms of development.

They noted that states creation, apart from helping to bring development closer to the people, should be handled with caution to avoid friction.

On state police, Senator Manager representing Delta South, said the country was not ripe for such, while Senator Okowa representing Delta North said it would help to address the security challenges in the society.

They however, gave assurance that the committee would be in all parts of the country, stressing that the unity and development of the country was above other considerations.

The Senators called on Nigerians, irrespective of tribes, religion and political affiliations, to offer useful suggestions that would help the country come out with a constitution that would be all encompassing and generally acceptable.


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