By Festus Ahon
ASABA-Civil Society Organisations under the auspices of the Forum of NGOs in Delta State, FONDS, has urged the State House of Assembly, DTHA, to expeditiously act and pass all bills transmitted to it by the National Assembly.
The group in a statement issued after a meeting held in Asaba, commended the National Assembly for adopting a new strategy of creating separate bills for separate items.
Recalling that previous attempts to alter the provisions of the 1999 Constitution were truncated at different stages, they advocated for the quick approval by the Delta State House of Assembly upon receipt of the bills from the National Assembly for further legislative action.
FONDS in the statement by Mr Ebruke Esike urged the State House of Assembly “to create space for citizens’ participation by way of consultation and/or public hearing in the Constitution alteration process”.
While calling on the State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa “to use his good office and influence on the members of the Delta State House of Assembly to do the right thing by acceding in a timely manner to all the bills passed by the National Assembly”.
“We urge the National Assembly to, as a matter of national interest and the prevailing mood of the nation to revisit and positively reconsider some of the bills rejected by the National Assembly particularly; Devolution of Powers; State Creation and boundary adjustment; Citizenship and Indigeneship to guarantee a married woman’s right by birth or by marriage for purposes of appointment or election; Alteration of the Land Use Decree and Approval of 35% affirmative action for Women in Nigeria for the purposes of election an appointment.