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Nigerians in the diaspora, women groups, Nigerian youth, the disabled, etc to be represented at the National Conference
| February 01, 2014
The Nigeria Labour Movement, Nigerians in the Diaspora, the disabled, women groups, traditional rulers, state governments and the Federal Capital Territory, etc. are to be represented in the National Conference, which was initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan. The conference is expected to be convened before the end of February and should last for three months. The National Conference is expected to advise the Federal Government on the legal framework, legal procedures and options for integrating the decisions and outcomes of the dialogue between the various groups, into the Constitution and laws of Nigeria. The nomination of delegates is scheduled for February 20 in Abuja and about 492 delegates are expected to attend the conference. President Jonathan will appoint the Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary of the conference and will nominate 37 elder statesmen from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT and another set of 20 delegates, which will include six shall be women. The President will also nominate six retired justices, six youth from the six geo-political zones in the country. States and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, will nominate 109 delegates to represent the 109 Senatorial districts in the country The Nigeria Labour Movement, Organised Private Sector, women groups, political parties with members in the National Assembly, religious groups (Christian and Muslim), Nigerians in the diaspora, the disabled, professional organizations and academic organizations will send delegates to the conference Former governors, former Senators. former local government area chairmen, former members of the House of Representatives and the Association of former Speakers, will also send delegates to the conference The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, pointed these out while briefing journalists in Abuja on the report submitted by the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue which was endorsed by the Federal Government. Senator Anyim said, âThe official name of the conference shall be âThe National Conference and decisions at the National Conference shall be made by consensus, but when consensus cannot be reached, then decisions will be made by 75 per cent majority vote." He also stated that a Conference management secretariat will be be established to manage, administer and run the affairs of the conference. President Jonathan inaugurated the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue on October 7, 2013,

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    February 05, 2014
People often say "The end justifies the means". But in this instance, I like to reverse it to "The means justify the end". Government is appointing officers into three key positions: Chairman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary (3 delegates). Which other position is left? None. Government is also appointing 37 delegates from all the 36 States and FCT. In addition, government is appointing 20 other delegates. Total number of delegates to be appointed by government = 60. Total number of delegates expected = 492. Percentage of government nominees = 12.2% (i.e. 60 x 100% / 492 = 12.2%).

In Statistics, we learnt that any figure more than 5% is statistically significant. Ours is more than double 5%. Who says Mr. Jonathan\'s views cannot be imposed or superimposed on the assembly?

Who is government here? Not National Assembly but one man, Mr. Jonathan. Who are the super-delegates in the event of 50-50 voting? The 60 government nominees. If you cannot guess the outcome of the Conference, you are on your own. I can state categorically that this Conference will not produce any outcome better than any one held in the past due to same meddling by government. Humm! God save Nigeria
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