The adhoc Committee on the alteration of the 1999 Constitution set up by the Katsina State House of Assembly has commenced public hearing on the 5th Alteration Bills in the State.
Chairman of the Committee and Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon Shehu Dalhatu Tafoki informed Stakeholders during the hearing in Funtua that as part of the constitution review by the national Assembly, Nigerians are allowed to make inputs the exercise which will be the position of the State to be forwarded to the National Assembly.
He explained that the Katsina State House of Assembly mandated the Adhoc Committee to collate the views of the people in each of the 34 Local Government Areas in the State
Hon Tafoki added that local Government Areas in each of 3 senatorial zones are divided into two with stakeholders comprising Government officials, traditional and opinion leaders as well as the Youths, Women and Non Governmental Organisations.
The 5th Alteration Bills are need to amend the 1999 Constitution on matters relating to among others the abolition of Local Government Area Joint Accounts, the independence of the judiciary at the state level and powers of the State Houses of Assembly.
High light of the Public Hearing were presentation by the leaders of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Traditional leaders and the Civil Rights Groups.
According to the timetable for the Public Hearing, after opening with Funtua Zone, the committee held at the Malumfashi Local Government Area Secretariat and would proceed to Katsina Senatorial Zone and round up with Daura Zone.