The House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected a fresh bid for the convocation of a national conference and a referendum where a new constitution for the country would be approved by Nigerians.
The Senate and the House are currently in the process of further amending the 1999 Constitution.
However, a member from Rivers State, Mr. Kingsley Chinda, and another lawmaker from Edo State, Mr. Peter Akpatason, introduced a bill on Wednesday seeking to provide for the convocation of a national conference.
Chinda is a Peoples Democratic Party’s legislator, while Akpatason is a member of the All Progressives Congress.
But, the House, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, did not allow the bill go far before it was rejected.
It said any procedure for amending the constitution that was either in conflict with the constitution or did not comply with the extant provisions for the amendment of the constitution was “illegal.”
The House position was highlighted by the Chairman, Committee on Rules/Business, Mr. Orker Jev. He raised a point of order to oppose the bill.
Jev said Section 1 of the constitution held the constitution to be the “supreme” law of the land, which was also binding on all Nigerians.
Jev also argued that Section 9 of the constitution made clear provisions on how to amend it.
He added that the constitution did not include a referendum for the purpose of amending it.
Dogara quickly concurred with Jev before he rammed his gavel to rule out the bill.
Meanwhile, the House called for improved welfare for teachers in the country on Wednesday as they marked the 2016 World Teachers’ Day.
Many lawmakers suggested a separate salary structure for teachers and the provision of training facilities in schools.
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