Delegates at the on-going National Conference which resumed Monday, after an adjournment last Tuesday, debated and adopted the rules of procedure for the dialogue.
One of the issues that generated heated debate was the number of delegates to form the quorum during sittings, but at the end of the debate, Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, ruled that the provision in the rules that one-third of all the delegates should form the quorum remained.
According to a statement issued by the conference secretariat’s assistant secretary, media and communications, James Akpandem, delegates are expected to subsequently commence the debate of President Goodluck Jonathan’s address delivered at the inauguration of the conference last Monday.
The conference will also no longer entertain prayers led by either Christian or Islamic clergymen, before and after each sitting.
Akpandem said forthwith, the second stanza of the national anthem would be adopted as the opening and closing prayers for all sittings of the conference.
He also explained that last Tuesday’s adjournment was to allow delegates study the various working documents submitted after the inaugural sitting.
In the statement, Akpandem listed the working documents already with delegates to include the report of the Constitutional Conference, 1995 (Containing the Draft Constitution) Vol. 1 and the report of the Constitutional Conference, 1995 (containing the resolutions and recommendations) Vol. 2.
“Further, they have the Report of the Political Bureau (March, 1987), the Main Report of the National Political Reform Conference, 2005 and the Implementation Guide of the National Political Reform Conference, 2005 (and) the Report of the Presidential Committee on Review of Outstanding Issues from Recent Constitutional Conferences (Main Report) July 2012,’ he added.
The delegates also have the report of the presidential committee on review of outstanding issues from recent constitutional conferences (Executive Summary) July 2012.
Akpandem said two more documents, the draft rules of procedure for the conference and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, were supplied to the delegates last Thursday.