The Senate on Wednesday suspended plenary for one week to enable its members to participate in the zonal public hearing across the country.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, who stated this at plenary said the exercise will hold in 12 centres across the country on 26 and 27th May.

Lawan urged citizens to participate fully in the exercise as the National Assembly has no pre-conceived agenda and holds no predetermined position on any issue of interest to Nigerians ahead of moves to amend the 1999 Constitution.

He pledged that the exercise would avail Nigerians the opportunity to make submissions on any issue of interest, adding that the National Assembly, on its part, would prioritize such issues to enhance the welfare and security of citizens.

He said, “This is a very important exercise for our country, and I’ll take this opportunity to appeal to all Nigerians who have one issue or the other that they think the Constitution review of the senate should know and take note and address.

“It’s an opportunity to go to the Centre nearest to you. We are open, we are plain, we don’t have any preconceived or predetermined position on anything.

“The numerous issues that Nigerians feel should be addressed to make Nigeria better, to make citizens secured, and enhance the welfare of our people are topmost in our consideration.

“Because of this so important assignment, by this very important Committee of the Senate, the Senate will suspend plenary throughout next week.

“This is to enable not only the committee members but the rest of us who are not even members of the Constitution Review Committee to participate in the exercise.

“Nigerians should take every possible opportunity to be there to present whatever they feel strongly about on how this country could be better. [And] we are welcoming every suggestion and issue.”