Modalities For National Conference Released

The federal government Thursday released the modalities for the forthcoming national conference which will hold in Abuja for a tentative period of three months.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim, who gave the modalities after what he called a “long and mature deliberations on the Committee’s Report (Advisory Committee on National Dialogue)”, said the conference “shall discuss any subject matter except the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a nation,” stressing that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.

“A conference management secretariat shall be established to manage, administer and run the affairs of the Conference. Decisions at the National Conference shall be by consensus; but where it is not achievable; it shall be by 75% majority,” he said.

The National Conference is also expected to advise the Government on the legal framework, legal procedures and options for integrating the decisions and outcomes reached into the Constitution and laws of the country.




    Anyim noted that “The National Conference shall have a Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson of unimpeachable integrity.”

    The list of nominees shall be submitted either online to www.osgf.gov.ng or in hard copy to the Office of the Permanent Secretary (Special Duties Office), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase I, 3rd Floor, Central Business District, Abuja.

    The nomination of delegates will take place from January 30th- February 20th and formal inauguration of the conference will follow as soon as the nominations are received and collated.

    Below is the proposed composition of delegates for the National Conference,  that will be attended by 492 persons drawn from various sectors:

    PROPOSED COMPOSITION OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE
    S/N
    STAKEHOLDERS
    DETAILS
    DELEGATES
    REMARKS
    1.
    Elder Statesmen
    1 per State and FCT
    37
    Nomination by President
    2.
    Retired Military and Security Personnel:
       i.    Military
       ii.   Police
       iii.  State Security
            and NIA
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    6
    6
    6
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    3.
    Traditional Rulers
    2 per Zone + 1 for FCT
    13
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    4.
    Retired Civil Servants
    1 per Zone
    6
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    5.
    Labour Representatives:
        i.   NLC
        ii.  TUC
    Nominations should reflect Geo-political and Gender Balance
    12
    12
    Nomination by NLC
    Nomination by TUC
    6.
    Organised Private Sector
        i.    NECA
        ii.   MAN
        iii.  NACCIMA
        iv.  NESG
    2
    2
    2
    2
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    7.
    Nigeria Youth Organisations:
        i.    Nat. Youth Council of Nigeria
        ii.   NANS
        iii.  Other (Outstanding Youths and
             Role Models)
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    6
    6
    6
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    Nomination by Federal Government
    8.
    Women Groups:
        i.     NCWS
        ii.    Market Women Associations
        iii.   FIDA, NAWOJ, WINBIZ
    2 per Geo-political Zone
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    2 per Organisation
    12
    6
    6
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    9.
    Political Parties:
        i.    PDP
        ii.    APC
        iii.   APGA
        iv.   Accord Party
        v.    Labour Party
    Parties that have representation in the National Assembly
    2
    2
    2
    2
    2
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    10.
    Muslim Leaders
    6
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    11.
    Christian Leaders
    6
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    12.
    Civil Society Organisations
    Ensure spread
    24
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    13.
    Nigerians in Diaspora (Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Middle East)
    2 per location
    8
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    14.
    People Living with Disabilities
    1 per Geo-political Zone
    6
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    15.
    Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria
    2
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    16.
    Nigeria Guild of Editors
    2
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    17.
    Nigeria Union of Journalists
    2
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    18.
    Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria
    2
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    19.
    Socio-Political/Cultural and Ethnic Nationality Groups
    15 per Geo-political Zone-Nominations should reflect Ethnic and Religious Diversities.
    90
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    20.
    Professional Bodies:
    NBA, NSE, CIB, NMA, NIM, NIA, ICAN, ANAN, NIPR, AAPN, NIESV, Nigerian Environmental Society, Nigeria Economic Society.
    1 per Organisation
    13
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    21.
    National Academies:
        i.    Academy of Science
        ii.   Academy of Engineering
        iii.  Academy of Education
        iv.  Academy of Letters
        v.   Academy of Social Sciences
    1 per Academy
    5
    Nomination by Stakeholders
    22.
    Judiciary
    Persons not currently serving on the Bench
    6
    Nomination by President
    23.
    Former Political Office holders:
        i.    Former Governors
        ii.   Senators Forum
        iii.  House of Reps. Forum
        iv.  Association of Former Speakers
    1 per Geo political Zone
    1 per Geo political Zone
    1 per Geo political Zone
    1 per Geo political Zone
    6

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