Sunday Aborisade, Abuja
The ongoing constitution review being carried out by the two chambers of the National Assembly, got a boost on Saturday with the African Centre on Human Right and Justice pledging necessary technical support for the Senate Committee saddled with the responsibility.
The Executive Director of the ACJHR, Nduka Chinwendu, gave the pledge when he visited the Chairman of the Senate ad-hoc Committee on the Constitution Review, Senator Ovie-Agege in Abuja.
Chinwendu, according to a statement on Saturday by the Head of Public Communications ACJHR, Mrs Adaelu Ihuoma specifically said the centre would work with the Senate panel in the areas of judicial and human rights reforms.
He, therefore, sought the support of the Committee towards pushing through some important areas that will aid judicial reforms especially in the area of human rights.
He also advocated efficient, fast and diligent handling of cases, judges welfare and retirement age.
He said, “We want electoral reforms that will create room for sanctity of the ballot and citizens unrestrained access to electoral participation, gender equality and issues that will protect economic rights of every Nigerian.”
Responding, Omo-Agege, who is also the Deputy Senate President, promised to table before his Committee the novel suggestion of the ACJHR.
He assured his guests that that issues of judicial reforms, equal access to the ballot, free and transparent election and gender issues were already on the table of the committee and getting deserved attention.
He thanked the team for their suggestion and input.
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He also implored them to make out time whenever the committee invites them to offer more suggestion or seek clarifications on issues that would help deepen their work.