The House of Representatives Special Ad hoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution, yesterday said it has adopted 2014 National Conference report( Confab report) as part of its working document.
It would be recalled that former President Goodluck Jonathan, had convoked a national constitutional conference (Confab), that lasted about four months in 2014, but the administration did not submit the report of the conference to National Assembly.
According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker of the House, Wole Oladimeji, the decision to adopt the report of the National conference was taken at a working session/retreat of the committee recently held at Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja.
“Copies of the report have been circulated to members of the committee to go through and come up with recommendations to the committee while the consultants to the committee have given the report to advise the committee on how to go about it.
“Some of the salient proposals in the report would be turned into draft bills which would be presented to the house for adoption and passage. “The committee would commence work on the review immediately the House resumes from its Sallah break.”
The confab report recommended 54 states, modified presidential system of government, state police as well as a revenue sharing formula whereby Federal Government gets 42.5 percent, states receive 35 percent and local governments earn 22.5 per cent among others.
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The chamber insisted that constituency projects were for the benefit of constituents, saying they are not personal projects of members. In a statement, the House’s spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas, remarked that the idea was mooted in a bid to ensure equitable development in the polity.
“All monies budgeted for constituency projects are domiciled in respective ministries, departments and agencies. It is the executive that awards the contracts and executes them in the same manner as all other projects,” he explained.