The House of Representatives has restated commitment and determination to amend the 1999 Constitution to meet the yearnings of all Nigerians before the end of the ninth assembly.
The spokesman for the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Abuja, urged Nigerians to be patient with the parliament as amendment processes had reached an advanced stage.
“We started in 2020 to reshape the Constitution of Nigeria which is almost becoming obsolete because the society is dynamic, and as society progresses, different needs are defined and ways of solving those needs should be found in the grand norm.
“In the wisdom of the leadership of the house and the Senate, we decided to go for a review of the constitution; last (legislative) year, we scored major miles in making sure various steps needed to amend the constitution were taken.
“So many people want us to immediately review the constitution but we cannot; we cannot sacrifice quality on the altar of speed; so we urge Nigerians to be patient so that we go thoroughly.
“So that in the end, we can boldly say that the preamble of our constitution which says “We the people of Nigeria” will indeed be a true reflection of we the people of Nigeria,’’ he said.
He said the House was committed and determined to ensuring that the constitution amendment process was concluded in the third or fourth year of the ninth assembly.
Kalu urged Nigerians to have faith in the legislators, saying that they had seen the gaps in the constitution and were willing to close it as much as possible, within the remaining time.
The spokesman said the house would also focus on revenue generation agencies, with a view to blocking revenue leakages in the country.
Kalu said while some agencies under -remitted revenue to the Federal Government, some did not remit at all, while others spent their Internally Generated Revenue, without regard for the laws.
He said the parliament would amend establishment Acts, limiting agencies of government from remitting adequate funds to the Federal Government coffers.
The lawmaker said that any agency of government that failed to appear before the House Committee on Finance to account for revenue remittances, would not have Overhead and Capital expenditures in 2022 budget.