Constitution review: Nigeria’s unity non-negotiable, says Niger State Gov

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Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has stated that the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria remain sacrosanct.

The Governor disclosed this at the stakeholders meeting on the Niger State position on 1999 constitution review held at Government House, Minna.

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Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso further revealed that no matter the nature and type of federalism we want to achieve, we must remember that unity of this country most not be compromised.

He told the stakeholders that in every federal system, restructuring is a continuous process through legislative and other procedures accepted by the citizens.

The Governor stressed that the stakeholders meeting is preparatory to the North Central Zonal meeting of the States of Niger, Kogi, Kwara and FCT, Abuja slated to hold in Minna from 26th to 27th May, 2021.

Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello reminded the participants that the meeting is aimed at bringing up as well as harmonizing Niger State position regarding constitutional amendment.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion, Hon Abubakar Bawa Bwari, former Minister of Solid Minerals enjoined the stakeholders to contribute positively for the betterment of the people of the State and Nigerians in general.

Hon. Bawa Bwari urged Nigerians to take the issue of constitution review with seriourness with a view to achieving the set objectives and goals.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane stated that the constitution review is timely as it will give Nigerians a direction in it’s democratic growth.

The SSG hinted that in every federal system, restructuring is a continuous process through legislative and other procedures accepted by the citizens.

He then told the participants that today’s event is about nation building, therefore we have the opportunity to write our names in gold in whatever we are going to do here.

He listed the thematic areas to discuss on by the stakeholders to include devolution of powers, creation of States, resource control, federal character, electoral matters, traditional rulers and revenue allocation formular.

Others are fiscal federalism, immunity clause, judiciary, executive, residency and indigene provisions among several others.

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