From Khadijah Aliyu, Kano
kano state Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has expressed the support for the current review of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).
The Governor stated this while declaring open the public hearing sitting of the Review Committee, from House of Representatives, held at Bristol Palace hotel, Kano, for Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina states.
He said there was no better time for the Public hearing to hold than When many Nigerians were yearning for it.
The Governor Urged Nigerians to make their contributions with the love and interest of the country first before any other consideration.
“The state would make its contributions on the 17 identified areas in due course through the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), urging members of the committee and all other Nigerians making contributions to put Nationalism first before any other consideration.”
The Governor further challenged that, they would not accept calls for dividing the country, Saying unity and peaceful coexistence of the Nation remained Paramount.
“We are urging that, this constitution will give regard to our culture, values and our traditional institutions. People should also understand that, our diversity is something that is natural/Divine. Which means we must try and utilize it for our benefit all,”
Earlier in his remarks the majority leader of the house of representatives and chairman kano center of the house of representatives public hearing for constitution amendment Alhaji Alhassan Ado Doguwa explained that the efforts to review the Nigerian Constitution became an integral feature of the activities of the national assembly since 1999,as a way of sharing with members of the public primary legislative functions.
He called on Nigerians to take advantage of expressing themselves for the protection and advancement of mutual interests regardless of diversity.
“It is therefore expected that with these issues well articulated and brought forward, they will not only attract attention but elicit and trigger action with a view to address them in our collective national interest”
The president Kano civil society forum Ibrahim waiya and Abdulkadir Ahmed Secretary kaduna development elders initiative were among the participants they urged the commitee to scrutinized the submissions that would made and ensure that a comprehensive report is presented before the House of Representatives for Deliberations .
The public hearing scheduled for two days attracted stakeholders from Kano,Jigawa, Katsina and Kaduna states.