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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Presidency names members of National conference advisory committee

The Presidency Tuesday night released names of 13 distinguished Nigerians to midwife the proposed national conference as earlier announced in a nationwide independence anniversary broadcast by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Advisory Committee on National Dialogue is to be chaired by a fourth republic senator from Ogun State, Dr. Femi Okurunmu while Dr Akilu Indabawa would serve as Secretary.

The Committee is to be inaugurated by the President at the State House on Monday, 7th October, 2013 by 10 am.

According to a statement signed by Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, three members of the Committee are women and they are a former FCT Senator, Khairat Gwadabe; Prof. Funke Adebayo and Dr. (Mrs) Mairo Ahmed Amshi.

Other members of the Committee included Constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze, and Prof George Obiozom others are the Senator representing FCT in the Senate, Timothy Adudua; Retired Col. Tony Nyiam, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq, Alhaji Dauda Birma, Mallam Buhari Bello and Mr. Tony Uranta.

The committee has a seven point terms of reference which included: to consult expeditiously with all relevant stakeholders with a view to drawing up a feasible agenda for the proposed national dialogue/conference, to make recommendations to government on structure and modalities for the proposed national dialogue/conference, to make recommendations to government on how representation of various interest groups at the national dialogue/conference will be determined and to advise on a timeframe for the national dialogue/conference.

Others include, to advise government on a legal framework for the national dialogue/conference, to advise government on legal procedures and options for integrating decisions and outcomes of the national dialogue/ conference into the constitution and laws of the nation and to advise Government on any other matters that may be related or incidental to the proposed national dialogue/conference.

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