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FEC okays confab report


house_of_reps_14THE Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday gave its nod to the report and recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, asking President Goodluck Jonathan to go ahead and implement the proposals.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim and immediate past Supervising ‎Minister of Information, Chief Edem Duke, in a joint media at the State House disclosed that members were unanimous in praising the President for the efforts.

Duke said the cabinet members applauded the report and commended delegates to the conference for a job well done and urged Nigerians to look at the document and follow up its implementation by government.

Anyim, who presented the report to FEC for deliberation, said that the Council specifically approved the modalities for implementation of the report, adding that going by the political will demonstrated by the President and his avowed commitment to implementing the conference, Nigeria under the President would witness positive rebirth.

He recalled that the President had upon receipt of the report last year raised a cabinet committee headed by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Adoke Bello (SAN), to study it, and this committee has now reported back to Jonathan advising him that the contents of the reports are implementable.

The SGF stressed that the approval of the report by FEC was the “first of concrete steps” towards implementation of the national conference report, just as has been demanded and expected by Nigerians.

He said that those aspects of the panel that required enactment into law would be compiled and sent to the National Assembly for their action, while those that required immediate administrative actions be it at the federal, state or local council levels would be referred for immediate action.

Anyim further explained that the modalities of implementation will include the Justice Minister compiling the recommendations of the report that require constitutional amendments and forwarding same to the National Assembly, which will in turn work with state assemblies to effect the implementation. And the recommendations that deal with just policy matters will be referred to the relevant ministries and departments of Federal Government as well as state and local governments for appropriate implementation.

The SGF dismissed insinuation that the timing of the FEC approval was politically-motivated since the general elections are just about two weeks ago.

He insisted that Jonathan has from day one been consistent in his resolve to implement the report; so the approval by FEC could not be regarded as a campaign gimmick or a result of pressure mounted on him.

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  • Asuk

    A welcome development . God help Nigeria..

  • Franky_Fresh

    Whether it is campaign or not, the question is, is it good for Nigeria

  • davs

    I believe it will shed off and decentralize some power from the federal government — which will reduce corruption in our society – (2) – resource control which will make every state and community to put hand on desk….. I mean every community to produce whatever they can produce as their source of income — that’s what we need in Nigeria to move forward – no state or community should rely on each other…..

    • noname anonymous

      The Bible says don’t give anybody power over you (in the book of Sirach). The report should have gone further and given full independence to any area/tribe, no matter how small, that wanted it. Nobody has any right to impose external rule on anyone else. Even if a tribe consists of only 5 people and it wants its full independence, it is its right to have it. Nobody has any right to impose external rule on it.

  • Asuquo Bassey

    Congratulations and thanks Mr President for the political will and desire toward implementation of the CONFAB reports and recommendations. I equally thanks the Presidential Committee for the review of the reports and FEC for prompt approval. I believe now that President GEJ has set the ball rolling, all hands at Federal, State, Local government, Legislature, Judiciary and all relevant ministries, departments and agencies must join together and work for the implementation of these reports and recommendations for the progress and good of all Nigerians. God bless Nigeria.

  • fagarjaji

    the confab recommendations require constitutional amendments. What befuddled the presidency into not submitting appropriate bills before the recent fourth amendment of the constitution? Are laws enacted by executive fiat in Nigeria today?

  • Yomi Ade

    Is this to deceive the Yoruba Elders ? The implementation and amendment to the constituition process is beyond one week to the election. If Jonathan will use this as part of his behind the door agreement with the Yoruba elders to secure Yoruba votes, surely it will fail. Last six years of Jonathan administration is a total failure.

  • If he is courageously Honest enough to convoke the National Conference, he will be honest enough to implement it.

  • zuberu

    A sure sign of good things to come in this present Administration… Up GEJ…. #GEJ4NIJA

  • zuberu

    Lets be sincere to each other and politics aside. GEJ has performed well as a president. The only short-coming of his government is security & its because Boko-haram is a SCAM 2 sabotage his government and GEJ is winning the fight already. lets support him… #GEJ4NIJA