OrderPaperToday – The Deputy Senate President and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Constitution Alteration, Ovie Omo-Agege, has said the amendment exercise was disrupted in 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated this in his new message made available by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, on Friday.
According to the senator, votes that were to be taken for the exercise ought to have been concluded in December 2020 but assured that it will be done in earnest.
He said: “The 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 not too distant time.
“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”.
On the new year, the senator called on Nigerians to use the new year to renew their commitment to collective prosperity, growth and development by contributing more to nation building.
He acknowledged the resilience and perseverance of Nigerians in the midst of the socio-economic difficulties in 2020, occasioned by the novel coronavirus pandemic and urged them to reignite their undying spirit and enter the new year with vigour and hope.
“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 have never been in doubt, what we need now more than ever is to galvanise 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 government at all levels by contributing our quota to the generation of wealth and the alleviation of poverty in the land,” he stated.
Recall that the 56-man constitution review committee was inaugurated on the 6th of February, 2020 by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.
After it’s inauguration, it called for the submission of memoranda to it from the public.