The House of Representatives may have bought into the idea of restructuring the country as being canvassed by opinion leaders around the nation following the adoption of the report of the 2014 National Conference by its Special Ad Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution as part of its working document.
The decision to adopt the report of the National Conference was taken at a working session/retreat of the committee recently hveld in Abuja
?This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Sulaimon Lasun Yussuff, Mr. Wole Oladimeji on Thursday in Abuja.
The statement said that the meeting which was presided over by Hon. Yussuff who also doubles as the committee chairman saw copies of the report being circulated to members of the committee to go through and come up with recommendations to the committee while the consultants to the committee have also been given the report to advise the committee on how to go about it.
Some of the salient proposals in the report would be turned into draft bills which would be presented to the House for adoption and passage.
The committee, according to the statement, would commence work on the review immediately the House resumes from its three weeks Sallah break.
Recall that recent calls for the restructuring of Nigeria have been receiving widespread support amongst lawmakers with notable figures such as the House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, openly saying that “restructuring of the country was long overdue”.
The decision of the House Special Ad-Hoc Committee on the review of the constitution may not be unconnected with the disposition of its leadership which had also decried the enormity of powers concentrated in the central government to the disadvantage of the federating states, thereby making a mockery of the federal system being practised.