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Published On: Mon, Aug 11th, 2014

Confab resumes, considers reports tomorrow

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Confab Chairman KutigiBy Ochiaka Ugwu

Plenary session of the National Conference holding in Abuja resumed yesterday after a month’s break, a period used by the Conference Secretariat to prepare the report of the Conference.

 At the resumption of sitting on yesterday, delegates, who were in high spirit, took possession of three copies of the draft report of the conference including the resolutions, for close scrutiny before the final adoption.

The draft report came in three huge volumes as proposed by the delegates at the end of debate in July.

 One part deals with issues pertaining to the constitution; these were issues proposed by each of the 20 committees.

The second part covers resolutions meant for enactment into Acts by the National Assembly while the third part concerns policy issues suggested for implementation by the President.

 These were considerations agreed upon by the delegates following completion of debate and adoption of resolutions arising from reports of 20 committees that considered critical issues considered to have given rise to the convocation of the Conference.

 Conference Secretary, Dr (Mrs) Valerie-Jennet Azinge who addressed the delegates on behalf of the Chairman, Justice Idris Legbo-Kutugi, GCON, advised them to study the draft reports before their final adoption.

 She said delegates would be granted only two days to read the report and report back for consideration and adoption on Wednesday.

 Delegates commended the Conference leadership for making the voluminous report available on time and promised to give it close scrutiny.

 A delegate, Malam Sani Zoro, said: “Thank you for giving us the draft constitution. We didn’t expect it but we welcome it and will go through it”.

Some delegates however expressed concern that the two days given to members to go through the reports was inadequate and asked to be given up to one week.

“Allow us to go and read this document this week and come back next week Monday. When we come back, we will be very precise”, said Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, a delegate representing Labour Party.

The conference secretary however insisted that delegates report back tomorrow (Wednesday) for final approval of the report.

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