The Federal Government on Thursday released the names of 492 delegates to the National Conference with most of them having being part of the country’s leadership since independence.
The conference will now be inaugurated on March 17 as opposed to next week Monday’s planned inauguration. It is to last for three months.
Also yesterday, the FG announced the appointment of three assistant secretaries to oversee different departments at the secretariat.
A statement by Secretary to the Government of The Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim said: “The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Eblele Jonathan, has approved the appointments of three Assistant Secretaries to serve in the National Conference Secretariat. They are as follows: Dr. Akilu Ndabawa as Assistant Secretary, Conference Proceedings, Prof Mahmood Yakubu as Assistant Secretary, Finance and Administration and Mr. Akpandem James as Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications.
“The President has also approved the release of the names of the 492 delegates to the National Conference as attached.
“The National Conference shall be inaugurated on Monday 17th March, 2014 at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja at 11:00 am”.
Among those on the list are elder statesmen, former public office holders, activists, politicians, clerics, traditional rulers, members of the academia, youths, students, retired justices and judges, retired military officers, industrialists and other categories of people.
They include: former Ogun State Governor Chief Segun Osoba, former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja, Ijaw leader Chief Edwin Clark, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, former House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Na’Abba, recently pardoned ex-governor of Bayelsa State, DSP Alamieyeseigha, former Deputy National chairman of PDP, Chief Olabode George.