Some delegates at the ongoing National Conference have urged Nigerians to take advantage of the conference’s website: www.nigerianationalconference2014.org to offer useful suggestions that would enrich deliberations at the conference.
The delegates told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Sunday that Nigerians should access the website and pass on their suggestions to them.
The spokesman of Afenifere Renewal Group, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said the idea of a website for the conference was well-thought out.
He said the world is now in the digital age where information is passed through the internet.
“One should even suggest to the conference secretariat that there should be dedicated e-mail for all the delegates on the website through which people can reach the delegates on certain issues.
“The public should be able to reach us because we are the citizens’ representatives.
“We should prove that it is very possible for appointed or elected leaders to serve the interest of Nigerians who elected them into their positions.
“So, Nigerians should have unhindered access to us, to push their issues to us for inclusion in our deliberations,” Odumakin said.
A delegate of the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, Mr Steve Aluko, said the website would give public access to information about the conference and the delegates.
Aluko, an Executive Director, Civil Liberties Organisation, suggested that the contacts of every delegate should be published on the website.
He said it will enable the people, particularly, the major stakeholders, the opportunity to monitor and also give their inputs into the agenda of the conference.
“The people we claim to be representing should have our phone numbers, email, twitter and facebook addresses.
“By this, those who nominated us can contact us on any issue they feel we should canvass for or stand against at the conference,” Aluko said.
The Secretary-General, Nigeria Guild of Editors, Mr Isaac Ighure, said the website was going to be a mutual benefit to the delegates and the general public.
Ighure said the platform would make it easy for the public to have an indepth knowledge of issues that the delegates would be discussing about them and the country.
“I also believe that with so much information at delegates’ disposal via the website, we will be able to make informed decisions.
“The public will want to get in touch with their delegates and make suggestions on issues they consider necessary.
“They (public) may also want to advise the delegates on issues they believe they have not been represented well.
“I believe, in all, this is going to contribute positively to the deliberations when we resume plenary.
“I am sure the delegates also stand to benefit immensely from contributions, suggestions and words of advice which they are likely to get from those who chose them,” Ighure said.