- The national conference report was approved at the Wednesday meeting of the Council
- Secretary to the Nigerian government says the approval is the first leg of the implementation process
- Report contains advice on how to implement the recommendations
The Council approved the report in a meeting on Wednesday, presided over by President Jonathan.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Pius Anyim and the Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Mr Edem Duke, said the approval was the first leg of concrete steps aimed at implementing the conference report.
Senator Anyim said that the report contained advice on how to implement the recommendations and resolutions.
He clarified that what the executive council did at the Wednesday meeting was to approve that those modalities be adopted in implementing the report.
“The recommendations and resolutions that require constitution amendment and enactment of new laws will be forwarded to the National Assembly for promulgation into law,” Senator Anyim stated.
He explained that the Attorney-General of the Federation, Muhammed Adoke, had been asked to compile, vet and make such recommendations available to the President for onward transmission to the National Assembly for enactment into law.
He further stated that agencies’ policy matters in the report should be referred to the affected agencies and the tier of government concerned, whether federal, states or local governments, for action.
Anyim’s said: “On other matters that require legal issues, for instance, where it concerns constitutional amendment, it is not really the responsibility of the National Assembly alone.
“They have to work with the state assemblies in bringing effect to this.
“So, today, we are taking steps towards implementing the resolutions of the national conference and we believe that the vision of Mr President in setting up the conference and the wonderful work done by eminent Nigerians who attended the conference in producing the report, the resolutions and recommendations, would be given consideration.
“We also believe our country will benefit immensely from the work of this conference”.
The national conference was held last year between March and August, with delegates discussing issues that could move the oil rich nation forward.
Critics have said that the national conference recommendations will go the way of other recommendations of similar conferences in the past that were never implemented.