The Federal Government of Nigeria released the modalities for the proposed National Conference on Thursday January 30th 2014.
The conference called ‘The National Conference’ will hold in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, stated that 492 delegates are expected to participate in the conference. He also said the delegates are to be nominated between January 30th and February 20th, 2014.
According to the statement, all Socio-Political and Nationality Groups in the country have been given 15 slots from each Geo-Political zone just as five political parties will get 2 slots each in the proposed National Conference.
Ayim said: “It shall last for 3 months and shall discuss any subject matter, except the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a nation, therefore the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable. The decision at the National Conference shall be by consensus; but where it is not achievable; it shall be by 75% majority. It shall advise the Government on the legal framework, legal procedure and options for integrating the decision and outcomes of the National Conference into the constitution and laws of the country and the Conference shall have a Chairperson and a Deputy Chairperson of unimpeachable integrity.”
Giving a breakdown of the composition of delegates, he said they would be as follows:
Federation Government of Nigeria (20) and 6 must be women
Nigeria Labour Congress (12)
Trade Union Congress (12)
Civil Society Organisations (24)
Military (6)1 per Geo-Political Zone
Police (6)1 per Geo-Political Zone
State Security and NIA (6) 1 per Geo-Political zone
National Council for Women Society (NCWS) – (12) 2 per Geo-political zonel
Market Women Associations (6)—1 per Geo-Political zone
FIDA, NAWOJ, WINBIZ—(6) —1 per organization
Elder Statesmen –(37) — 1 per State and FCT
Nigerian Guild of Editors (2)
Newspapers Proprietors Association (2)
People Living with Disabilities (6) 1 per Geo-Political zone
Christian Leaders (6)
Muslim Leaders (6)
Traditional Rulers (13) 2 per zone + 1 from FCT )
Retired Civil Servants (6) 1 per zone
National Youth Council of Nigeria (6)
Other (Outsatnding Youths and Role Models) (6)
Nigerians in Diaspora (Europe,America Africa, Asia and Middle East) (6) 2 per location Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (2)
Socio –Political/Cultural and Ethnic Nationality Groups (90) 15 per Geo-Political zone,nomination should reflect Ethnic and Religious Diversities.
Professional Bodies : (13)
NBA,NSE,CIB,NMA,NIM,NIA,ICAN, ANAN,NIPR,AAPN,NIESV, Nigerian Environmental Society (1 per organization)
National Academy: (5)
Academy of Science
Academy of Engineering Academy of Education
Academy of Letters
Academy of Social Sciences (1 per Academy)
Judiciary (6) person not currently serving on the Bench
Former Political Office Holders:
Former Governors (6)
Senators Forum (6)
House of Reps. Forum (6)
Association of Former Speakers(6)
State Government and FCT (109) 3per State and 1 for FCT based on Senatorial District at least one of whom shall be a woman .
Former LGA Chairmen (6) 1 per Geo-Political zone
Chairmen ,Deputy Chair and Secretary (3) Geo-Political spread to be observed