Abuja - Members of the civil society organisations, on Thursday expressed delight at the transmission of the 63 altered sections of the 1999 Constitution to state legislatures for ratification.
Senate President David Mark and Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal, on Oct. 28, handed over the document containg the amendments to the Conference of Speakers of the State Assemblies in Abuja.
A cross section of Nigerians in Abuja said that the National Assembly deserved commendation for the effort.
Michael Ujoku, President of the National Consultative People’s Network (NCPN), said they are happy the National Assembly has suddenly woken up to its responsibilities.
Ujoku said the development was good for the growth of the country’s constitutional democracy.
Simeon Nwakaudu, President of the Media Development Initiative (MDI), said the public should allow the parliament to review the constitution, to make it acceptable.
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"The act of amending the constitution should be gradual process and it appears the present lawmakers, led by our amiable Senate President, are prepared to work.
"The onus is now on the various state house of assemblies to do the right thing by passing all the items into law as soon as possible,’’ he said.
Ramos Oduadu, Secretary-General of the Network of Opinion Polls (NOP), said that the development gave course for commendation.
At the ceremony, the Senate President urged the representatives of the legislatures to take advantage of the current alteration to bequeath state assemblies with greater independence.
Mark, who was also the Chairman of the National Assembly, said the amendment were effected on those sections of the constitution after a painstaking process.