Abuja - The Senate will proceed on a one week recess next week to
enable senators interact and consult with their people in the 109
The senate spokesman, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), who made
this known in Abuja on Wednesday while briefing journalists, said the
development was aimed at ensuring a holistic constitution amendment
He added that the recess would afford every Nigerians the opportunity to make inputs to the constitution amendment process.
``The senate will not seat in plenary next week because senators
would go home to interact with their constituents on the constitution
``The reason we are doing this is to ensure that there is opportunity
given to all shades of opinion in Nigeria, on the matter,” he said.
Abaribe said that the senators would also interact with all the
stakeholders in their respective zones on Nov. 15 and Nov.16, adding
plenary session would resume on Nov. 20.
He called on Nigerians to feel free to air their views on every subject they were interested in the constitution amendment.
He, however, gave the assurance that the recess would not prevent the early consideration and passage of the 2013 budget.
Abaribe, who also spoke on the just concluded American election in
which President Barrack Obama was re-elected, described the election as
``The process started from the primaries in which the best person
won. There was no imposition of candidates; there was no deciding behind
the people on who represents which party.’’
He added that the American election was instructive to Nigeria ``that
no part of the country should be excluded from leadership.”