President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the constitution of a Presidential Committee to study and draw up the implementation strategy for the just concluded 2014 National Conference.
This was announced yesterday in statement by the Assistant Director (Press),Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) Mr. Johnson Oise.
Top among members of the committee are Attorney-General of the Federation & Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adokie, SAN, who will serve as Chairman.
Other members of the presidential committee are Senator Idris Umar, Minister of Transport, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, Minister of State for Finance, Osita Chidoka, Minister of Aviation, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory Administration, Architect Mike Onolememen, Minister of Works while Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation would serve as Secretary.
The terms of reference include: In-depth study of the Report of the 2014 National Conference,articulate the recommendations therein and develop appropriate strategies for its implementation.
The committee would also advise Government on all matters necessary for the effective implementation of the Report as well as give necessary encouragement to take off immediately.
It could be recalled that following commendations from some Nigerian stakeholders' that the conference achieved some level of success, there had been repeated calls for government to implement the report.
Accordingly, as the Conference was declared closed by President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday August 21, a major pressure group emerged out of the 494 delegates to push for implementation of the resolutions of the conference.
The group, "National Consensus Initiative", vowed to ensure that the report of the National Conference submitted to President Jonathan was faithfully implemented.
The Interim Coordinator of the group, Mr. Remi Olatubora, said that it would be unfair for such recommendations generated by the delegates to be left to gather dust.
Olatubora who led Ondo State delegates to the Conference, disclosed that the group would work together as advocacy group towards ensuring that "decisions of the conference are not left in the shelf to gather dust in the manner in which the reports of earlier conferences were treated".
He added that the desire to come together in a group was informed by common desire of most of the delegates that all relevant governmental organs and agencies implement the decisions of the conference.
The group which membership cut across the six geo-political zones, comprises representatives of Youths, Academia, Lawyers, Politicians, Civil Society Organisations (CSO), Religion bodies, Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) and Disporians among others.
He said the mission of the group was to engage with issues flowing from the confab, as independent input into the process of consolidating the gains of Nigeria's centenary, and it's reconstruction into a responsible, accountable, and egalitarian society.