Com­mit­tee pro­poses re­li­gion eq­uity com­mis­sion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

Federal Govern­ment should cre­ate a Re­li­gion Eq­uity Com­mis­sion that will han­dle all re­li­gion re­lated is­sues in the coun­try, the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee on Re­li­gion has said.

The com­mit­tee also pro­posed that gov­ern­ments at all lev­els should stop the spon­sor­ship of pil­grim­age and any pub­lic fund­ing of re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties.

Also, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Chief of De­fence Staff, Colonel G.O. Anyam­elechi ex­plained why federal char­ac­ter prin­ci­ple is not sig­nif­i­cant among the mil­i­tary top hi­er­ar­chy.

While ap­pear­ing be­fore the na­tional se­cu­rity com­mit­tee yes­ter­day, he said though the is­sue of federal char­ac­ter is ad­hered to at point of en­try to the mil­i­tary, as com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers grow in rank, they are re­quired to scale var­i­ous hur­dles in or­der to be el­i­gi­ble for pro­mo­tion.

This, he said, meant that as of­fi­cers keep go­ing up, the is­sue of federal char­ac­ter be­comes less sig­nif­i­cant while em­pha­sis shifts to mer­its and that this ac­counted to what may seem like an un­even rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the top amongst the six geo-po­lit­i­cal zones.

The Chair­man of the Nigeria Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) Dr. Sam Amadi was at the meet­ing of the en­ergy com­mit­tee where he said Nigeria is not ripe for re­new­able en­ergy.

He was re­act­ing to com­ment by a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee; Chief Richard Ak­in­jide who said Nigeria will be bet­ter served with al­ter­na­tive sources of en­ergy, es­pe­cially clean en­ergy such as so­lar, wa­ter, sun and coal.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

From left: For­mer Bayelsa State Gover­nor Diepr­eye Alamieye­seigha, re­tired Col. Bala Mande and Osung Okon, all mem­bers of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence com­mit­tee on pub­lic fi­nance and rev­enue, dur­ing their meet­ing yes­ter­day.

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