The upper legislative chambers, the Senate has ruled out the possibly of the country getting a new Constitution that would pave the way for total reform of the country’s ailing and comatose systems.
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitution and Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege made this declaration in Abuja on Thursday.
Omo-Agege who maintained that although a completely new constitution to replace the current one was desirable noted that Section 9 of the constitution had already foreclosed the enactment of a new constitution.
“Now, some of our compatriots have urged that rather than amending the Constitution, we should make a new Constitution all together. We respect this opinion, and we believe it is a most desirable proposition,” Omo-Agege said.
“However, we are conducting this exercise in accordance with the extant legal order, which is the 1999 Constitution. Specifically, Section 9 of the Constitution empowers the National Assembly to alter the provisions of the Constitution and prescribes the manner in which it is to be done. Unfortunately, it does not make similar provision or provide mechanism for replacing or re-writing an entirely new Constitution”
According to Omo-Agege, “To embark on any process without prior alteration of Section 9 of the Constitution to provide the mode through which an entirely new Constitution could be made, would amount to gross violation of our oath of allegiance to the Constitution. In other words, it will take a new Constitutional amendment to be able to give Nigerians a most desired new Constitution. It would be unconstitutional to do otherwise.”