“That the review exercise of the 1999 constitution is necessary and will undertaken to address the yearnings of Nigerians with a view to amending some contentious provisions and introducing new ones that will deepen democracy in Nigeria.
However, because of the sensitive nature and importance of the assignment, the committee decided resolve to undertake the review on incremental basis
That the committee will ensure widespread participation of Nigerians in the amendment and review process and that adequate publicity of the process in various Nigerian languages is carried out. Subsequently, the committee resolves that sis members will visit their geo political zones to receive memoranda and suggestions from the public
That the committee will place emphasis on issues that unite the country rather than divisive matters, and that the committee will conclude action on the first set of the amendment of the constitution in the first quarter of 2010″
–Communiqué issued at the end of a retreat of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitutional Review, (JCCR)
Read by Senator Ike Ekweremandu, Deputy Senate President, National Assembly Joint Committee on Constitutional Review, (JCCR)