The process for the second amendment of the 1999 Constitution is set to be kick-started in the National Assembly today as the Senate Committee on Constitution Review holds its inaugural meeting.
The inaugural meeting of the constitution review committee is coming just as indications emerged that the two chambers of the legislature have now received requests for creation of 54 new states.
Investigations revealed that the Senate Committee on Constitution Review will hold its inaugural meeting today, where agenda for the constitution amendment will be highlighted.
State creation, revenue formula and devolution of powers are set to form a major plank of the agenda, sources confirmed on Tuesday.
But sources in the National Assembly stated, on Tuesday, that notwithstanding the push by many sections of the country for state creation, the exercise is proving to be a herculean task.
A source close to the constitution review committees said that the two chambers of the National Assembly might not be able to meet the constitutional provisions set out for the creation of states at the end of the exercise. According to the source, the constitution is very clear on the procedure for creation of states and that it would be very difficult for the current National Assembly to meet the conditions.
Section 8 of the 1999 Constitution, which stipulates the conditions for creation of states, indicates that the area seeking the creation of state shall send a proposal supported by two-thirds majority of people living in the area to the National Assembly.
Updated reports on the constitution review meeting to come shortly..