Wednesday, October 2, 2013

PRESIDENT JONATHAN SETS UP A COMMITTEE TO PREPARE THE BLUEPRINT FOR NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Dr. Femi Okurounmu


  • Okurounmu heads 13-man planning panel
  • Dr. Akilu Indabawa is the secretary of the committee.
The President set the ball rolling yesterday for the convocation of “a national dialogue”, sets up a committee, led by Dr. Femi Okurounmu, to prepare the blueprint for the conference within one month after which the government will determine how the talkshop will be conducted.

Foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the US, Prof. George Obiozo, and Senator Khairat Gwadabe top the list of members of the National Conference Planning Committee promised by President Goodluck Jonathan in his nationwide Independence Anniversary broadcast.

The committee has 11 members (excluding the Chairman and Secretary), according to a statement released in Abuja this evening by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

The statement also contains the committee’s terms of reference and indicates that the members will be sworn in next week Monday. It reads as follows:

MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE

“His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the membership and terms of Reference of the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue as follows:

Membership:

1.  Dr. Femi Okurunmu                            -        Chairman

2.  Prof George Obiozo                             -        Member

3.  Prof. Ben Nwabueze                            -        Member

4.  Sen. Khairat Gwadabe                         -        Member

5.  Sen. Timothy Adudu                            -        Member

6.  Col. Tony Nyiam (Rtd)                         -        Member

7.  Prof. Funke Adebayo                            -        Member

8.  Dr. (Mrs) Mairo Ahmed Amshi            -        Member

9.  Dr. Abubakar Sadiq                               -      Member

10. Alh. Dauda Birma                                -        Member

11. Mallam Buhari Bello                            -        Member

12. Mr. Tony Uranta                                  -        Member

13. Dr. Akilu Indabawa                             -        Secretary

The panel, which is to be inaugurated by the President on Monday, is to:
  • Consult expeditiously with all relevant stakeholders with a view to drawing up a feasible agenda for the proposed national dialogue/conference;
  • Make recommendations to government on structure and modalities for the proposed national dialogue/conference;
  • Make recommendations to government on how representation of various interest groups at the national dialogue/conference will be determined;
  • Advise on a timeframe for the national dialogue/conference;
  • Advise government on a legal framework for the national dialogue/conference;
  • Advise government on legal procedures and options for integrating decisions and outcomes of the national dialogue/ conference into the constitution and laws of the nation; and to
  • Advise government on any other matters that may be related or incidental to the proposed national dialogue/conference.