Jonathan Passes National Confab Recommendations to Senate

Fri, May 29, 2015
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Political Briefs


PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, May 27, forwarded the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference to the Senate for necessary legislative action.

Jonathan, in a memo addressed to David Mark, outlined the actions the Federal Executive Council, FEC, had taken on the confab report. Mark read the memo on the floor of the Senate.

In the memo, Jonathan said he was submitting the report to the Senate for consideration and legislative action.

The memo reads in part: “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 Federal Executive Council at its meeting of March 18, 2014.”

The memo talked about many issues such as national unity and development; participatory and inclusive democratic system of government; working out the modalities for the implementation of the Confab’s recommendations and resolutions; agriculture and water resources.

Others were: 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.

The rest were on 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 and transportation.

President Jonathan’s memo was no doubt, a last minute ditch to save the recommendations of the Conference submitted to President Jonathan on August 21, 2014. The controversial confab which was headed by Justice Idris Kutigi, retired chief justice of the federation, sat for over three months.

— Jun 8, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT