MEMORANDA RECEIVED FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR THE REVIEW OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION

So what I have done here is to copy and paste and yes I know it is not arranged (No time to arrange it)…lol (From http://www.hrcr.org.ng)

However, I wanted to put it all in one place for easy reading. This is the list of all the proposed amendments that have been submitted by members of the public as well as organized interests. You can read and share.

1. Request for the creation of Toru-Ebe State out of the present Delta, Edo and Ondo States, from Toru-Ebe State Creation Movement.


2. Request for the creation of Adada State out of the present Enugu State, from Adada State Creation Movement.

3.Memorandum from Ijaw National Council to replace “Regions”  with “States” as federating units in Nigeria and devolve more powers to the regions.

4.   Jasawa Community Development Association on the aspects of the constitution relating to indigeneship, fundamental human rights, justiciability of Chapter 2 of the Constitution on Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy and state Independent Electoral Commissions;

5.   Mr. Anthony Okoligwe on the restructuring and re-organization of the Local Government System in Nigeria.

6.    Request for the creation of Lagoon State out of the present Lagos State by the Lagoon State Movement.

7.    Notice of Opposition by Itsekiri People to the inclusion of their land in the proposed Toru-Ebe State.

8.    Objection to the inclusion of the Territory and People of Benin in the proposed Toru-Ebe State.

9.    Request by His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdul Yekini Ayinla Ladipo IV, The Onikoyi of Ikoyi-Ile for the creation of a new State out of the present Oyo State with Ikoyi-Ije as its capital.

10.    Memoranda by Mrs. Saraya Agidi, State President, National Council of Women’s Society (NCWS), Nasarawa State Branch for inclusion of a provision in the Constitution to enable eradication of corruption in the polity and thus, promote good governance in Nigeria.

11.    Memoranda from the General Assembly of African Association for Ecclesiastical Affairs (Nigeria) for the inclusion of Canon Courts of Appeal for the State of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory in the Constitution.

12.Memoranda by Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Ikamatis-Sunnahfounded by Sheikh Ismaila Idris Zakariyya on the need to alter the Constitution in the following areas –
(I) Amend the preamble to read “We the people of Nigeria do hereby enact the following Constitution”
(ii) Section 277, by deleting the word “personal” wherever it occurs;
(iii) Section 278, by substituting “two” for “three” Khadis for the constitution of the Sharia Court of Appeal of a State;
(iv) Third Schedule, Paragraph 20 (d) and (g) to require at least two of the Grand Khadis to be appointed to be learned in Islamic Law;
(v) Section 288 (1) and (2), deleting the word “personal”; increase the number of Justices learned in Islamic Law to be appointed to the Supreme court and the Court of Appeal; and remove the restrictive definition of a person learned in Islamic Law through an informal learning process;
(vi) Include a specific provision in the Constitution to deal with the issue of indigenship/settlership;
(vii) Highlight the moral and religious aspect of the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy in Chapter 3 of the Constitution in order to reduce the incidence of corruption, anti-social tendencies and moral decadence in the society;
(viii) Section 237 (2) (b), to delete the word “personal” and increase the number of Justices to be learned in Islamic Law from 3 to 10;
(ix) Section 308 (1) (a) – (c) should be deleted;
(x) Establish a Federal Sharia Court of Appeal.

13.   Memoranda from Ebira Youth Congress proposing amendment of –
(i)    Section 176 to make the office of Governor to rotate among the Senatorial Districts of the state;
(ii)   Section 162 by way of deletion to provide for the financial autonomy of Local Governments in Nigeria; and

(iii)   Section 7 to make the office of the Chairman of a Local Government to rotate among the components districts that make up the local government.

14.  Memoranda from Chief Gabriel Akpata proposing amendment of –
(i)   section 82 and 122 to empower the National Assembly and House of Assembly to approve every allocation till the budget is passed;
(ii)   section 82 and 124 which provides, among others that the remuneration and Salaries payable to the holders of the said offices and their conditions of office, other than allowances, shall not be altered to the disadvantage after appointment;
(iii)  section 85 and 152 to empower the Auditor-General to appoint auditors to audit accounts of government agencies.

15.   Memoranda from G.B. Sadiku proposing amendment of –
(i)   section 132 for the President to be an elected member of the National Assembly;
(ii)   section 178 for the Governor to be an elected member of the House of Assembly;
(iii) section 147 for the appointment of Ministers of the Federation to be a joint   responsibility of the President and the National Assembly;
(iv) section 192 for the appointment of Commissioners of a State to be a joint responsibility of the Governor and the State House of Assembly;
(v) section 63 for the National Assembly to be on a part-time basis;
(vi) section 104 for the State House of Assembly to be on part time basis;
(vii) section 147 and 192 for the Ministers of the Government of the Federation and Commissioners of a State to be on full time basis;
(viii) section 215 (1)(c)for the creation of State Police Command; and
(ix) section 224 for more emphasis to be given to manifestos of political parties.

16.     Request for the creation of Aba State out of the present Abia State, from Aba State Creation Movement.

17.    Request for the creation of Etiti State as the 6th State for the South-East geo-political zone out of the present Anambra and Imo State, from Egesimba Adolphus Chukwudum M. J.

18.    Request for the creation of Etiti State out of the Present Anambra and Imo State by the Ibiridi Ogada (Supreme Council of Ideato Leaders of Thought).

19.    Memoranda form Chief Theo Nkire proposing –
i. The retention of Chapters 1 – 4 of the Constitution as they constitute the necessary framework upon which our laws can be built;
ii. Expunging of Chapters 5 – 8 and adopting them rather as Acts of Parliament;
iii. Adding greater vigour to the war against corruption by including the words 
“probity and accountability“ in the preamble to the Constitution;
iv.    Abolition of State and Local Governments as tiers of government and adopting the Senatorial Districts as the next level after the Federal Government;
v.    Abolition of bicameral legislature at the centre to reduce the size and cost of governance and save time for passage of legislations;
vi.    A referendum for Nigerians to adopt the Constitution by themselves.

20.    Memorandum by Hon. (Dr.) Eddie I. Mbadiwe for an amendment of the provision to section 68 (1) (g) to bar a person elected on a political party platform from crossing over to another before the expiration of the term of the election.

21.    Memorandum by Alh. Ali Ben Musa for an amendment of section 7 to provide for new sub-sections (7) and (8) as follows –
(7) “The Auditor-General of the Local Government of a State shall audit annually, the accounts of the local governments and report thereof shall be laid before the House of Assembly of the State”.
(8)  “Subject to the provisions of Chapter V of this Constitution, the House of Assembly shall enact a law providing for the structure, composition and accountability for the Local Governments in the State”.

22.  Memoranda by Yewa Conference of Unions and Clubs for the amendment of the First Schedule, section 3, Part 1 of the Constitution to substitutite the name “Egbado” with “Yewa”.

23.  Memorandum by Abdulrahman K. Alabi for the amendment of section 173 to add a new sub-section (3) as follows –

  Pensions of current retirees in Nigeria shall be harmonized to the level of pensions of their counterparts every ten years.”

24. Memoranda by Original Inhabitants Development Association of Abuja (OIDA) proposing amendments of –
(i)  Section 3(1) to include F.C.T, Abuja in the definition of States of the Federation;
(ii)  section 3(6) to include the six Area Councils of the F.C.T in the definition of local government areas of the Federation;
(iii) Section 8(1)(c) to include the F.C.T among the States of the Federation to approve the result of a referendum carried out on a proposal for the creation of a state and to create a People’s Assembly for the F.C.T;
(iv)     section 8(3) to include the Peoples ‘Assembly of the F.C.T;
(v)     section 9(2) to include the Peoples ‘Assembly of the F.C.T;
(vi)    section 9(3) to include the Peoples ‘Assembly of the F.C.T;
(vii)    section 11(2) to include the Peoples’ Assembly of the F.C.T;
(viii)    section 48 to include the F.C.T , Abuja among the States to produce three Senators;
(ix)    section 49 to enable the F.C.T to produce 5 Members to the House of Representatives;
(x)  Section 71 to include “and the F.C.T, Abuja”;
(xi)  Section 71 to include “three hundred and sixty five “Federal Constituencies;
(xii)    Section 134(3)(b) to include “and the  F.C.T, Abuja;
(xiii)    Section 147(3) to include “and the F.C.T, Abuja;
(xiv)    Section 299(a) to include after the word “vest” the words” in the F.C.T Peoples’ Assembly (howsoever called) the Mayor howsoever called;”
(xv)    Section 300 to include after the word “constitute” the words “as many senatorial districts;”
(xvi)    Section 301(a) to include after the word “the” the words” Mayor, Deputy Mayor and the Executive Council of the Mayor, which is established for the Federal capital Territory, Abuja by the provisions of this constitution;
(xvii)    Section 302 to guarantee the rights of and freedom of the original inhabitants of Abuja to choose their political leaders through the democratic process;
(xviii)   Section 303 to substitute for six area councils, eleven local government areas and for National Assembly, the F.C.T Peoples’ Assembly.

25.   Memorandum by Olisa Agbakoba, SAN proposing amendment of –
(i)    Section 3 by including two sub-sections to recognise the division of Nigeria into six geo-political zones;
(ii)    Section 4(2) and (7) to confer more powers on the states to legislate on the those matters upon which they could ordinarily legislate on but which are currently being legislated on by the  Federal Government; alteration of the schedule on the exclusive list to itemise those matters which should be devolved to the States.
(iii)    Section 233 restating the powers of the Supreme Court to determine appeals from Federal Court of Appeal and States Court of Appeal;
(iv)    section 237 and 238 on the establishment of Federal Court of Appeal and the appointment of the President of the Court;
(v)    Section 237, 240,241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 245, 247 and 248 respectively, dealing with the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Appeal and the various courts which judgments go to the Federal Court of Appeal;
(vi)    Alteration of the Constitution by insertion of new headings and section 270(1) – (15) on the establishment of States Courts of Appeal and their jurisdiction and from which court or tribunals, appeals would emanate to them;
(vii)    Sections 275(1) and 280(1) by re-numbering the headings as “C” and “D”, respectively;
(viii)    Part 1 of the Second Schedule by substituting 
Exclusive Legislative List” with “Federal Legislative List” and removal of items 5,23,33,45,59, and the modification of items 6, 34,39 and 48 respectively;
(ix)    Item 7 on Part 11 of the Second Schedule dealing with the collection of capital gains, income or  profits on persons other than companies and documents or transactions by way of stamp duties by State Authorities as authorized by the State House of Assembly;
(x)    Modification of the arrangement of the Second Schedule by providing a new part 111 dealing with “State Legislative List”.

26.         Memorandum by Council of Akwa Ibom Traditional Rulers and Religious Leader in the Federal Territory on the need for the application of the principles of Federal Character guaranteed by the Constitution in administering the Federal  Capital Territory and in making appointments into the political posts, boards, commissions, committees, councils, agencies and in the Area Councils I  the F.C.T

27.       Memorandum by Rt. Hon. Kelechi Kennedy Nwagwu on the need to create an additional state in the South-East geo-political zone in order to achieve parity of States among the six geo-political zones of the country.

28.         Memorandum by The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution for the amendment of –
(i)    
Residency Right: 
section 147 to define an indigene to include a person who acquires indigene-ship through residency right;
(ii)    Protection of tenure for Officers of Democratic Institutions:
enshrining in the Constitution, a secure and guaranteed tenure of office for those holding such offices as the Chairman of te Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), etc., to hold such offices until they attain the retirement age of 65 years, as is the case with judicial officers under section 291;
(iii)    
Independence of Democratic Institutions: 
constitutional provision guaranteeing a direct charge on the Consolidated Fund of the Federation for the funds of Democratic Institutions;
(iv)    Use of State Media:
enshrine a provision in the constitution to prohibit the use of the media owned by the Government of a State to promote the programmes of the party in power to the detriment of the other parties;
(v)    
Regulation of Religious Affairs: 
add a new subsection to section 10 as follows – provide that –
(a)    The government of the Federation or of a State shall from time to time make regulations for religious practices in Nigeria in such a way that such practices will promote understating and harmony amongst the adherents;
(b)    Such regulations shall not in any way affect the rights of persons as enshrined in section 38 of the Constitution.

(vi)    Government Involvement in Religious Affairs: 
enshrine a provision to forbid the government from involving itself in religious affairs such as sponsorship of pilgrimages;
(vii)    State and Local Government Creation advised against the creation of new States and Local government Councils in the meantime.

29.   Memorandum by The Body of Federal and State Auditors–General proposing an amendment of –
(i)    Section 85(3) and (4) and section 125(3) and (4) by deleting them and replacing them with –
“The Auditor-General shall audit the accounts of or appoint external auditors for the audit of government statutory corporations, commissions, authorities, Agencies and all persons and bodies established by an Act of the National Assembly”.
(ii) Sections 85(5) and 125(5) to include “that within three months after the end of the financial year, the Accountant-General shall submit his annual financial statements to the Auditor-General for audit”.
(iii) include in the Constitution, the following provision –
(a)    “the overhead expenditure of the office of the Auditor-General shall be a first line charge on the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account of the Federal or State Governments after direct submission and approval of the budget by the National Assembly;
(b)    “the releases of such money shall be either on a monthly or quarterly basis”.

The amendments would grant both financial and operational independence to the Office of Auditors-General of the Federation, States and Local Governments.

30.    Memorandum by Alhaji Y. O. Momodu proposing amendment of –
(i)  Sections 47, 48 and 49 to provide for a unicameral rather than a bicameral National Assembly; and also reduce the number of representation per State to five (5);
(ii) the constitution to reduce the time and remuneration of elected Representatives at the Local, State and National levels so that it becomes on a part time basis. As a result, the local government councillor should spend a period of three months a year and Members of the State and National Assemblies should spend six months a year;
(iii) the Constitution to abolish the granting of ‘constituency allowances’;

  (iv) the Constitution to replace two terms of office with a single term of five (5) years for the Local government Chairman, State Governors and the President.

31.       Memorandum by Ezebube Chinwike Chamberlain proposing the expunging of section 14(3) from the Constitution as it contradicts and undermines section 42(1) (a) and (b). Section 14(3) states “the composition of the government of the Federation or any of its agencies and the conduct of its affairs shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity, and also to command national loyalty, thereby ensuring that there shall be no predominance of persons from a few stats or from a few ethnic or other sectional groups in that government or in any of its agencies”
Section 42(1) (a) and (b) state –
“A citizen of Nigeria of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin, sex, religion or opinion shall not, by reason only that he is such a person –
(a)    Be subjected either expressly by, or in the practical application of any law in force in Nigeria or any executive or administrative action of the government, to disabilities or restrictions to which citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex, religion or political opinions are not made subject; or
(b)    Be according either expressly by, or in the practical application of any law in force in Nigeria or any such executive or administrative action, any privilege or advantage that is not according to citizens of Nigeria of other communities, ethnic groups, places of origin, sex religions or political opinions.

32.     Memoranda by Kristac Centre, Umunze Oruemba South Local Government Area, Anambra State demanding for the creation of Unyo State out of the Present Anambra State;

33.       Memoranda by U.S Elvis of Vision Change demanding for a change of the name “Nigeria” to “’ WaZoBia” as “Nigeria” was derived from a particular location in the North and was given to differentiate the people of the area from those of Lagos.

34.       Memoranda by His Royal Majesty, the Onikoyi of Ikoyi-Ile, Oba (Alh.) Abdulyekini Ayinla Oladipupo, IV demanding for the creation of a new State out of the present Oyo State.

35.       Memoranda by Magistrates Association of Nigeria proposing amendment of section 318 to recognize Magistrates as judicial officers.

36.     Memorandum by Dr. Yakubu Ugwulawo on behalf of Okura State Movement requesting for the alteration of Section 8 of the Constitution for the creation of “Okura State” out of the present Kogi State, and creation of additional local government areas in the proposed “Okura State”.

37.       Memorandum from Gani Adetola – Kaseem & Co. (Legal Practitioners, Consultants and Notary Public), proposing the alteration of the Constitution, as it affects the National Industrial Court of Nigeria to provide –
(i)  for right of appeal from decisions of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria;
(ii)  qualifications, appointment and removal of the President and Judges of the National Industrial Court.

38.       Memoranda by B.O Ume-Ezeoke proposing amendment of Paragraph   29, Part 1 of the Third Schedule, dealing with Police Service Commission, to provide for:
(i) not less than seven members including a Chairman but not more than thirteen members
(ii) all members to be appointed on full-time basis under the Constitution (and not subject to prescription by the Act.

39.       Memorandum by B. O Ume-Ezeoke proposing
i.    The establishment of a Special Area: The Federal Territory, Obuaku (or Providence);
ii.    Amendment of Section 9 to create and effect boundary adjustments, etc;
iii.    Amendment of section 48 – Composition of the Senate
iv.    Section 255 – 259; Sections 265 – 269; and Sections 297 – 304.
v.    First Schedule, Part 1 – States of the Federation
Part II – Definition and Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Third Schedule, Part III – F.C.T Abuja (Executive Body).

40.       Memorandum on the creation of new Local Government Areas (from nine (9) existing two States constituencies/Double member L.G.A’s in Anambra State by Mr. Obi B. Ume-Ezeoke
i)    Aguata Local Government Area
ii)    Anaocha Local Government Area
iii)    Awka South Local Government Area
iv)    Ihiala Local Government Area
v)    Njikoka Local Government Area
vi)    Nnewi South Local Government Area
vii)    Ogbaru Local government Area
viii)    Onitsha North Local Government Area
ix)    Onitsha south Local Government Area

41.     Memoranda from the National Association of State Movement (NASM) proposing alteration of –
i)    Section 8(1) (b) in order that for a new state to be creates, at least two thirds majority votes should approve of same;
ii)    (1) (c) dealing with the result of a referendum should be expunged from the Constitution;
(1)(d) Dealing with the proposal to be approved by 2/3 majority of members of each house of the National Assembly present and voting should be expunged;
8(5) – expunged
8(6) – expunged
9(3) – expunged
3(1) – expunged
3(2) – expunged
3(3) – expunged
3(6) – should be deleted

42.     Tunji Salami for Dr. Habeeb  Tunje Ali (Futune Minds)
S.33 –a new section 33(3) to be made: right to health
S.9 (1) – be substituted with any part of the constitution altered by a people’s vote of not less than 2/3;
s.33 (2) c – be deleted, repetition of s.24 (d), 39(1) and 40
s.40 – be deleted. It contradicts s.24(c) and 24(d)
s.63 – the responsibility of every member to keep a record of all NGOs active in his community should be made new.
s.65 (2)(b) – be deleted as it contradicted freedom of association.
s.65 (2)(c) – (new subsection) he has served his community in some meaningful capacity be made.
s.65 (2)(d) – new subsection – for qualification for House of Representatives
s.69(a) that member “or a decision by the Constitution Focus Group and trust Committee by a simple majority of votes cast as a sealing designation for that particular purpose “be made part of new clause.
s.76 (1) Election into House of Representatives s.69 (a)
s.84 (5) – which deals with the remuneration of the President and certain other officers. Impeachment or found guilt for breach of any provisions of the Constitution
s.53 (1) – provide for a National Health Council (a new section).

43.       Mr. Ajeyiola Yusuf Lasisi:
s.53 – Creation of States should be vested in the National Assembly
Part 1 of 1st Schedule,

s.3 – State House of Assembly should be conferred with the powers to create additional Local Governments.

Part II (5) – single tenure for the President;
s.8 – System for new State and boundaries be reduce;
s.10 – choice of religion should not be allowed to interfere with collectively desire;
s.11 – National Assembly to make laws for the Federation with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and order;
s.16 – Nigeria should adopt socially – socio-economic system;
s.18 – Education to be left to State Governments;
s.19 – Government should continue with policy of Africa on the creation of peace of National Foreign Policy;
s.20 – Healthy Environment under the fundamental Human Rights to retained;
s.23 – Direct on Nigeria Ethnic discipline be made a self-reliance and patriotism;
s.21 – Enhance the Nigerian culture by encouraging the use of traditional attire at Federal Functions;
s.25 (i-c) Refusal by government to allow acquisition of foreign citizenship, in addition to being a citizen of Nigeria;
s.33 – 46 Government should ensure that well-being of all the Human Rights in Chapter 10;
s.48 – Creation of Delimitation of Constituencies Committee which should include INEC, National Population Commission, National Boundaries Commission, Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation, National Bureau of Statistics and National Identity Management;
s.52, 94,104,149 &152  Every contestant for future government elections should declare their assets;
s.65, 107 & 131   – qualification for membership of National Assembly –
Senate                                                                         –    47 years
House of Representatives                                                –     47 years
Membership of State Assembly                                         –    40 Years
Qualification for election as President or Vice President         –    50 Years
Qualification for election as Governor or Deputy Governor     –     45 Years

s.66, 107, 137                 – Disqualification
s.68, 109, 135/155, 180        – Tenure of office (5 years for each organ of the government;
s.68, 110    – Recall of the executive from ward level to local government level;
s.76, 176    – time of election to the National Assembly to be first Wednesday and not Saturday;
s.142    – Nomination and election of Vice President: 3 Vice Presidents
s.154    – Appointment of Ministers to be from among the number of Special Advisers to save cost;
s.153     (a)    – Establishment of certain Federal Executive Bodies;
– Code of Conduct Bureau;
– Military Officers;
(b) Council of State  – comprises of President, Vice President, All former Leaders of Government, Chief Justice of the Federation, all former Chief Justices, the Speaker, Governors, Chairman of Joint Chief of Staff and three eminent religious leaders;
(c) Federal Character Commission should be designated as the Equal Opportunities;
(d) Federal Judicial Service Commission: to make recommendations to the authorities in respect of Appointments, National Population Commission – Special issues in Nigeria Politics.
(f) National Security Council:  Government to appoint a powerful body to regulate supervise them;
(g) Nigeria Police –   To be restructured;
s.169    – Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission
– Formula to be changed in favour of state.

Public Service of the Federation. The Head of the Civil Service should be appointed from among the Directors-General or Heads of Ministerial Departments;
s.197 – The State Electoral Commissioners should be appointed by the Council of States on the recommendation of the National Commissioners;
s.285 – Election Tribunal   – Government to spell out the functions of Election tribunals generally;
s.299 – Part VIII: Federal Capital Territory Abuja (F.C.T)
– Create Mayoralty for Abuja.
s.308 – Restriction on legal proceeding – immunity for President, Vice President, Governors and Deputy Governors should be removed.
s.318 – School Certificate or its equivalent for contesting elections.

44. Memorandum by Rev. (Prof.) Vincent Iyawe on behalf of Nigerian Christian Graduate Fellowship proposing amendment of –
s.2 – The need to return to true federalism;
s.10 – No State Religion;
– Chapter (IV) to include Residency Rights;
– s.308 – Removal of immunity clause;
– S.63 and 104 – productivity of Legislators;
– Independent Candidacy;
– State Independent Electoral; Commission s.197;
– s.162 Fiscal Autonomy for local Governments;
– Reduction of the cost of governance;
– Reduction of National Assembly Members (s.48 & 49);
– Reduction of Ministers and Special Advisers (s.147 and 151);
– Salaries and Allowances;
– Office of the First Lady;
– Merging/Scrapping of MDAs.

45.      Request by the Movement for the creation of “Ogoja State”for the creation of the State out of the present Cross River State.

46.     Memorandum by Arc. N. O. Onuoha proposing –
(i)      Amendment of section 2 (2), to read “Nigeria shall be a Federation of six regions and a Federal Capital Territory”;
(ii)     Deletion of section 3 (6);
(iii)     Amendment of section 7(1) to reflect the creation of districts;
(iv)     Adoption of a unicameral legislature may be the present Senate, and thus amending sections 4(1), 47 and 89 to reflect the phasing out of the House of Representatives;
(v)     Amendment of section 50(1) to read “there shall be a Speaker and Deputy Speaker who shall be elected from among themselves”;
(vi)     The reservation of the title “President” to be applied only to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”;
(viii)    Creation of State District by regrouping the existing local government councils into larger legislative part-time district Service to be established by the District Service Commission in each State, this will require amendment of section 197;
(ix)    Equality of States for the Geo-political zones by creating more States so that each zone shall have seven States, like the North-West Zone;
(x)    Deletion of section dealing with conditions for creation of States;
(xi)    Amendment of section 214 to delete “Force” from the Nigeria Police Force;
(xii)    Amendment of section 205 to restructure the Nigeria Police to create regional commands;
(xiii)    Amendment of section 147 to make Ministers represent regions rather than States;
(xiv)    Amendment of section 153(1) to designate Chairman of certain Federal bodies as ministers of State (who may not be members of the cabinet) to satisfy the Federal Character Principle and thus reduce the number of Ministers to about thirty-two (32);
(xv)    Amendment of item 39 of the exclusive legislative list, second schedule, legislative power, Part 1, to add, “exclude natural un-associated gas”;
(xvi)    Amendment of the above item 39 to exclude, “geological surveys” and “solid minerals”;
(xvii)    Amendment of item 55 to exclude “light railways, monorails, cable cars and such other mass transit systems within any State”;  and
(xviii)    Transfer of item 60(b) to the Concurrent List.

47.     Memorandum by the Entire People of Gadabuke Development Area, Toto Local Government Area, Nasarawa State for the creation of Gadabuke Local Government Area out of the present Toto Local Government Area.

48.     Memorandum by the Nigeria Bar Association proposing –
(a)    That funding for the Federal Police should be a first line charge on the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation;
(b)    Amendment of section 214 to allow the establishment of State Police;
(c)    Creation of an Independent Police Complaint Commission;
(d)    Amendment of section 6(5) to establish a Constitutional Court and a Constitutional Court of Appeal;
(e)    Establishment of Electoral Offences Commission;
(f)    Amendment of section 174 dealing with the entry of nollle prosequi by the Attorney-General to require him to comply with all the conditions stipulated in the exercise of such powers; to have regard to public interest in exercising the powers; to present a report of such discontinued case to the Senate at the end of each legislative year, stating cogent and verifiable reasons for such discontinuance;
(g)    Amendment of section 68 to require an elected official who decamps to lose his seat;
(h)    A provision barring political parties from accepting foreign finances;
(i)    A provision prohibiting giving grants to political parties;
(j)    Expunging the requirement for 2/3 majority vote of State House of Assembly for an amendment of the Constitution to create a new State;
(k)    Review of the legislative lists in order to ensure appropriate devolution of legislative powers;
(l)    Review of the revenue formula;
(m)    Transfer of section 20 dealing with environmental protection to Chapter IV so as to make environmental rights enforceable;
(n)    Removal of the phrases 
“as and when practicable” in section 18(3) (d);
(o)    Deletion of section 18(3) (c) urging the government to provide free university education;
(p)    Replacement of the word
 “programme” with “education” in section 18(3) d);
(q)    Replacement of the word 
“tolerance” with “accommodation” in section 23;
(r)    Introduction of a new section 32 as follows, “Any citizen who has lived with any community in Nigeria for a continuous period of not less than ten (10) years shall have the same rights and privileges of a Nigerian born in the same community provided that such a citizen shall not claim such rights in two communities at the same time”.

49.     Memorandum by Effium Clan Stakeholders through Chief (Hon.) Peter I. Eze (JP) proposing the creation of a new Effium Local government Area out of the present Ohaukwu Local Government Areaa of Ebonyi State;

50.     Memorandum by Dr. N .S. Nwawka, proposing –
(a)    A single term of six years for all elected office holders;
(b)    Entrenching the six zonal structures in the Constitution and making power to rotate strictly between the North and the South and for it to rotate among the Northern and Southern Zones in as orderly manner;
(c)    A provision in the Constitution that event of the death or incapacitation of an incumbent President, the Senate President should run the country for ninety days (90) within which a fresh election should be organized to elect a new President from the same zone as the late or incapacitated one, sorely for the purpose of completing the remainder of his tenure;
(d)    Entrenching the same rotation principle at the states to enable the Office of the Governor to rotate among the three Senatorial Districts; a provision similar to item (iii) above should be included;
(e)    A provision barring all incumbent Presidents/Governors who have had a full tenure from contesting
(f)    A provision to make the effective date of the tenure adjustment to be May 29, 2015;
(g)    A provision limiting trial period at the court of first instance to 12 months;
(h)    A provision that all preliminary objections must be brought only once and at the beginning of the trial and that all appeals arising from them must be limited to 2 months, each before the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court, as the case may be;
(i)    A provision that any under delay should be resolved by the court against the accused;
(j)    Creating of Special Courts at Abuja and Lagos to adjudicate strictly on cases of corrupt enrichment;
(k)    Reverting to the era where INEC was mandated to conduct elections not later than 50 days before a handover, rather than not later than 30 days, via the 2nd Amendment, to allow more time for disputes to be resolved before inauguration.

51. Memorandum by Agwada Develoment Area Stakeholders proposing –
(a)    Amendment of section 28(2) of the Land Use Act, pursuant to section 315(5) (d) of the Constitution, to specify the meaning of public interest;
(b)    That payment of compensation, under section 29(1) of the Land Use Act, should not only be for the economic trees alone, but should include the value of the land;
(c)    Amendment of section 44 dealing with compulsory acquisition of properties to include land so that it can become enforceable through fundamental rights enforcement proceeding;
(d)    Amendment of the Land Use Act to address the unhealthy ground in the area of mining just like the Mining Act, whereby consent is a pre-requisite for the issuance of a mining license at the Mining Cadastral Office, Abuja, and enter someone’s land with a view to exploiting minerals deposits without the requisite consent of the customary owner of the land or community;
(e)    Enshrining the offices and roles of traditional rulers in the Constitution;
(f)    Amendment of section 25(1)(a)(b) and (c) to include the definition of who is an indigene;
(g)    That section 285 dealing with the establishment of Election Tribunals to entertain election cases should be expunged and special courts established to handle election cases;
(h)    Amendment of section 306 to require  elected office holders who wish to re-contest to resign and to forfeit such other terms/period he is entitled to, in order to provide a level playing ground for contestants;
(i)    Amendment of section 68 and 109 to provide for two terms of four (4) years each for Members of the National and State Houses of Assembly;
(j)    Amendment of section 135 (2) and 180 to reflect a single term of five years for the President and Governors;
(k)    Amendment of section 7 to provide a specific tenure for elected local government officials;
(l)    Amendment of section 197(1) (b) to abolish the States Independent Electoral Commissions and transferring their duties to the Independent National Electoral Commission;
(m)    Amendment of sections 130, 131, 132, 134, 135 and 136 to abolish the Presidential system and replace it with a Parliamentary system of government with a unicameral legislature.

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4 thoughts on “MEMORANDA RECEIVED FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC FOR THE REVIEW OF THE 1999 CONSTITUTION

  1. They left out one!!
    Memorandum by Homo sapien Uchenwa Njoku requesting a dissolution of Nigeria and all its governing bodies and a reinstatement of the traditional rulers and primitive lifestyles as recorded in history, effective immediately.

    What a waste!!

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