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Jonathan transmits confab report to Senate, urges action

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh and Bridget Chiedu Onochie, Abuja(Ibadan)
28 May 2015   |   4:57 am
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday forwarded the National Conference Report to the Senate and urged the Upper House to act on the document.
The Senate

The Senate

President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday forwarded the National Conference Report to the Senate and urged the Upper House to act on the document.

In a letter addressed to the Senate President and titled, Approval for the Implementation of the Recommendations and Resolutions of the National Conference 2014, the President drew Senate’s attention to the report, which was deliberated upon and approved for implementation by the Federal Executive Council(FEC) at its meeting of March 18, 2014.

The letter read: “May I draw the attention of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the enclosed report of the National Conference, 2014 which was deliberated upon and approved for implementation by the FEC at its meeting of March 18, 2014.

“Your Excellency, you may recall that the National Conference was inaugurated on March 17, 2014, with the mandate to among other things: discuss any issue about Nigeria with particular emphasis on finding solutions to the problems of national unity and development; come up with strategies to strengthen rather than weaken Nigeria’s unity and enhance a participatory and inclusive democratic system of government; recognise the need to move the country forward and de-emphasise the narrow interest that define our fault lines; spell out the modalities for the implementation of these recommendations and resolutions as well as suggest any constitutional arrangement they consider best for Nigeria”.

The President in the communication added that although the national conference was not given any no go areas, it was enjoined to refrain from discussing the break-up of the country.

“ Distinguished Senators are invited to note that at the end of the conference, a report was submitted with recommendations and resolutions covering the following thematic areas:

“Agriculture and water resources, citizenship, immigration and related matters, civil society organisations, labour, youths and sports, devolution of power, economy, trade and investment, energy, environment, foreign policy and diaspora matters, law, judiciary, human rights and legal reform.

“Others are land tenure matters and national boundaries, national security, political restructuring and forms of government, political parties and electoral matters, policies and governance, public finance, public service, social sector, religion, science technology and development as well as transportation,” Jonathan stated.

According to him, the recommendation of the conference on the implementation modalities of the resolutions are contained in Chapter Six of the report while the resolutions are classified into three broad categories including constitutional, legal and policy issues.

He noted that the report also indicated the nature of the actions to be taken, the objectives to be achieved and the agency that needs to take the actions.

“The conference also submitted draft bills of resolutions that require constitution amendments or legal amendments”.

He added: “at the FEC meeting on March 18, 2015, the Council considered and approved the reports of the conference and resolved as fellows that the draft bills be transmitted to the National Assembly for enactment into law; that the recommendations and resolutions that are outside the purview of the federal government be forwarded to the relevant tiers of government for implementations and that relevant agencies of government should harmonise the conference resolutions with extant policies for immediate implementation.

“Distinguished Senate President, the report of the National conference is hereby forwarded to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for consideration and necessary legislative actions,” Jonathan stated.