Senator Adegbenga Kaka
By Omololu Ogunmade
The Senate Committee on Constitution Review is busy collating the output of public hearings on the review process held across the six geo-political zones of the country in November last year at both the state and zonal levels, THISDAY has learnt.
In the same vein, the committee is busy conducting electronic opinion polls with the intention to provide people who lost the opportunity to participate in last year’s public hearing to make their inputs into the amendment process.
Making this disclosure Tuesday, Senator Adegbenga Kaka (Ogun West), told THISDAY that until the collation exercise is concluded, there would be no further action on the review process, adding that the result of the collation will be followed by a comprehensive analysis of the output.
According to Kaka, after the collation exercise, the committee will engage the services of experts at various levels and fields of endeavours with a view to securing professional insight into the review process before reporting its findings to the plenary session.
“So many processes are involved. After the initial collation, the review committee will work with experts in various fields and will report back to the plenary before further steps are taken,” Kaka said adding that the output of the findings by the committee will thereafter be harmonised with that of the House of Representatives during which “the rough edges will be smoothened out.”
Kaka also disclosed that the National Assembly has set apart the whole of 2013 to work on the review, explaining that the committees are conscious of the time frame set for the job as he also noted that the final result of the process would definitely be made public before the end of the year.
THISDAY also learnt that the senators are consulting at the background on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
To this end, THISDAY gathered that principal officers of the Senate who have the exclusive preserve of the preparation of the bill towards its return to the plenary met in Abuja on Monday with a view to fine tuning outstanding issues on the bill. As at now, other senators are patiently expecting principal officers of the House to bring the bill back to the plenary.
Upon the senators’ resumption from almost 30 days of recess on January 16, this year, Senate President, David Mark, had told his colleagues that both the review process and PIB would top the Senate agenda in the new year 2013.
“On our agenda for 2013 are further review of the 1999 Constitution, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), the procurement Act (Amendment) Bill, the Nigeria Police Reform Trust Fund Bill as well as Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes, Genocide and Related Offences Bill, just to mention a few,’’ Mark said.