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Constitution Review: Akeredolu makes case for national dialogue

Rachael Olokungboye

AKURE – Ondo State Governor,  Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has charged the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution to address the minds and concerns of Nigeria as it begins Public Hearing.

Governor Akeredolu said the people are desirous of national dialogue to chart a new course for the nation, adding that it is crucial for the continued existence of the country.

He spoke on Tuesday evening while receiving members of the Senate Committee led by the Deputy Senate majority leader and Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial district, Prof. Ajayi Borrofice.

Akeredolu, who said the people are already on the edge, added that the issues of farmers/herders clash can not be wished away in the course of the public hearing.

“It is not easy to wish herders/farmers clash away. Our people are on the edge. What are we saying about police? Are we stressing multi-level policing? Are we taking about state police? I believe opportunities are there for us in this country.

Earlier, Senator Borrofice described the constitution review as a crucial exercise, especially at a time the nation is confronted with many issues.
He identified the issues of ethnic nationalism and restructuring, which are at the front burner, as part of the reasons the exercise becomes important this time.

The lawmakers also hailed Governor Akeredolu for the judicious use of the state’s resources despite a shortage of funds.
“We are aware of what you are doing in the state. We know what it means to run a state when the funds are not there. We are happy that you are using what you have to deliver for the people. Don’t expect everybody to praise you,” he said.

He said the committee is committed and determined to carry out the review of the constitution.

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