written by AdminJune 2, 2021
Posted by: Admin June 2, 2021
Senate Receives Buhari’s Request to Confirm Yahaya as COAS •to hold national public hearing on thursday over constitution review
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that a national public hearing to alter the provisions of the 1999 constitution would hold on Thursday through Friday this week.
Lawan, who made this known on Tuesday, in an announcement to that effect and conveyed in a letter addressed to him by the Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, according to his Special Assistant on Press, Ezrel Tabiowo, said the 2-day National Public Hearing on proposals to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 is scheduled for Thursday 3rd to Friday, 4th June, 2021, at the African Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Senate President described the zonal public hearings which held last week in the six geo-political zones of the country as “quite successful”.
Lawan appealed to Nigerians to seize the opportunity provided by the national public hearing commencing on Thursday to state their position on issues that would improve the quality of governance.
He said: “let me also congratulate the members of the Constitution Review Committee of the Senate, who had conducted the public hearings across the countries.
“[And] in fact, the report we received has shown that in all the centres, the public hearings were quite successful.
“I want to also appeal to Nigerians to take the opportunity of the national public hearing that will take place from Thursday.
“This is an effort that the National Assembly – particularly the Senate is attached to.
“We believe that we must do whatever is necessary to provide a platform for Nigerians to air their views, give their positions and canvass for whatever they feel would make our country better, and make governance more efficient and successful.
“Like I said before, we have no preconceived positions on anything and, therefore, this is for our citizens to take the opportunity”.
Meanwhile, Senate on Tuesday received a formal request from President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya.
The request was contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read during resumption of plenary.
Buhari in the letter said Yahaya’s appointment was in compliance with the provisions of Section 18 subsection 1 of the Armed Forces Act 2004.
The letter reads in part: “In compliance with the provisions of section 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of Major General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“His CV is herewith attached. It is my hope that the Senate will consider and confirm the nominee in the usual expeditious manner”.
The new nominee takes over from former Chief of Army Staff, Major General Attahiru Ibrahim, who died in a plane crash near the Kaduna International Airport about two weeks ago.