Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chairman of its Constitution Review Committee, announced in Abuja yesterday that a new constitution for the country will not be due until April 2013.
Speaking at a press conference at the National Assembly, Ihedioha said that the committee has also produced a work plan that will guide its work and lead to the passage of the next set of amendments to the Nigerian Constitution.
“In the work plan, we have indicated achieving a fresh set of amendments to the Constitution by April 2013. Of course, we intend to fully collaborate and work closely with our Senate counterparts and with the State Houses of Assembly to achieve this,” he said.
According to him, the committee has received up to 75 submissions since its inauguration, apart from 10 other bills, which were referred to it by the House.
He listed electoral reforms, justifiability of chapter two of the Constitution, judicial reforms and national security and police reforms as the other issues received by the House of Representatives Committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.