Posted by News Express | 1 October 2013 | 5,498 times
Foremost constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the US, Prof. George Obiozo, and Senator Khairat Gwadabe top the list of members of the National Conference Planning Committee promised by President Goodluck Jonathan this morning in his nationwide Independence Anniversary broadcast.
The committee has 11 members (excluding the Chairman and Secretary), according to a statement released in Abuja this evening by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.
The statement also contains the committee’s terms of reference and indicates that the members will be sworn in next week Monday. It reads as follows:
“MEMBERSHIP AND TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL DIALOGUE
“His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the membership and terms of Reference of the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue as follows:
1. Dr. Femi Okurunmu - Chairman
2. Prof George Obiozo - Member
3. Prof. Ben Nwabueze - Member
4. Sen. Khairat Gwadabe - Member
5. Sen. Timothy Adudu - Member
6. Col. Tony Nyiam (Rtd) - Member
7. Prof. Funke Adebayo - Member
8. Dr. (Mrs) Mairo Ahmed Amshi - Member
9. Dr. Abubakar Sadiq - Member
10. Alh. Dauda Birma - Member
11. Mallam Buhari Bello - Member
12. Mr. Tony Uranta - Member
13. Dr. Akilu Indabawa - Secretary
“Terms of Reference:
i. to consult expeditiously with all relevant stakeholders with a view to drawing up a feasible agenda for the proposed national dialogue/conference
ii. to make recommendations to government on structure and modalities for the proposed national dialogue/conference
iii. to make recommendations to government on how representation of various interest groups at the national dialogue/conference will be determined.
iv. to advise on a timeframe for the national dialogue/conference
v. to advise government on a legal framework for the national dialogue/conference.
vi. 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
vii. to advise Government on any other matters that may be related or incidental to the proposed national dialogue/conference
“The Committee shall have one month within which to conclude its assignment.
The Committee will be inaugurated by Mr. President at the State House on Monday, 7th October, 2013 by 10 am.”
•Photo shows Senator Nwabueze.
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