Senate Wants Presidency to Resubmit 2014 Confab Report

THE Nigerian Senate is ready to consider the 2014 Confab report if the Presidency resubmits it to the National Assembly. The Senate on Wednesday asked the Presidency to immediately submit the 2014 national conference report to it for legislative action.

The Senate while adopting a motion on the need for unity and peaceful coexistence in the country said that although the report was sent to the National Assembly by former President Goodluck Jonathan early in 2015, exactly a week before the end of the tenure of the seventh National Assembly, the document has to be resubmitted now because the last submission was no longer valid.

The implementation recommendations of the 2014 national conference is largely seen as a remedy to  the current agitation by many groups for the restructuring of Nigeria to douse the tension in the country now.

Amending the original prayer as sponsored by the Senate Leader, Lawal Ahmed, Mao Ohuabunwa had proposed that the Senate should request the Presidency to submit the 2014 confab report for appropriate legislative action.

 The proposal was upheld and, immediately added to the substantive motion. But providing an explanation on the report, the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu who presided over the session, informed his colleagues that the document ought to be resubmitted to the National Assembly because the submission made by Jonathan had elapsed.

President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have been opposed to the implementation of the confab report.

But other prominent Nigerians, including former Vice president Atiku Abubakar and Noble Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, have consistently canvassed the restructuring of the country in order to address some of the imbalances causing agitations for separation among the ethnic nationalities in the country.

When the question was raised yesterday as to whether the report of the confab should be forwarded to the Senate, there was an overwhelming voice approval.

 

– June 15, 2017 @ 8: 10 GMT /