C’ttees get one week to con­clude work

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

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.

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De­lib­er­a­tion on the var­i­ous com­mit­tee re­ports will re­sume on May 12 and will last till May 15 when de­lib­er­a­tions would be com­pleted.

Be­tween

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.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

Aisha Aliyu (left) with Pas­tor Tunde Bakare dur­ing the con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

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