C’ttees get one week to conclude work
The National Conference yesterday dissolved into committees and adjourned for Easter break. The committees will begin work on Tuesday.
The delegates adopted the work plan, which is a document stating the activities of the conference and the time-frame attached to such activities.
According to the work plan, the committee would work for one week, beginning from April 22 and end on April 30.
The work plan also indicates that conference would receive reports from committees and commence deliberations on May 5 and May 6 before breaking the plenary again for participation in the World Economic Forum on Africa, which will hold in Abuja.
Deliberation on the various committee reports will resume on May 12 and will last till May 15 when deliberations would be completed.
May 19 to 29, the conference secretariat, working with the Report Drafting Committee, will put the report together and present such to the conference in plenary.
Consideration and adoption of the draft reports by the conference in plenary will start on June 2 and will end on June 12 after which the final report would be produced and signed between June 16 and 19. But as result of protest by some delegates that the time allocated to committee work was too short in view of the exhaustive and thorough job to
expected be done, the conference chairman Justice Idris Kutigi appealed to delegates to get down to work first and if the need for extension arises in the process, the necessary representation will be made to the appropriate quarters.
Kutigi said the work plan was drawn based on the time allotted to the conference by the federal government; and that any attempt at arbitrary adjustment could be misunderstood even by the general public who may misconstrue the motive.
Supporting the chairman’s explanation, a delegate Professor ABC Nwosu said the public would interpret any time extension as an avenue by delegates to get more money.
The chairman urged delegates to properly articulate their points at the committee level and be opened to suggestions from others.
Aisha Aliyu (left) with Pastor Tunde Bakare during the conference yesterday.