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National Confab seeks for more fund

Former Chief Justice of Nigeria and chairman of the conference, retired Justice Idris Kutigi

The National Conference has said it will need more fund to accommodate the amendment in the composition of its committees.

This will be an addition to the reported N7bn budgeted for the conference.

Delegates on Monday at the plenary in Abuja agreed to remold the proposed 20 committees by suggesting new ones and collapsing some others.

The conference Vice-Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, said the principal officials would have to meet the Federal Government to meet up with the new amendments.

He said, “We may have to go to government for more funds. If government gives us more funds, we will rent more committee rooms.”

The conference began its debate on President Goodluck Jonathan’s inaugural speech with delegates calling for peace and tolerance in the nation.

Thirty-nine delegates spoke at the opening of the debate.

Dr. Mariam Abdullahi said Nigeria’s problems would be over if the elite stopped seeing their loss as that of their tribe and region.

On his part, National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, kicked against subjecting the outcome of the conference to ratification of the National Assembly.

He feared that no positive achievement could be realised from such measure.

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, frowned on the comment of Lamido Adamawa, HRH. Muhammadu Mustapha, who said his kingdom could secede to Cameroon, if provoked.

He appealed to delegates to mind their utterances.

He also urged the conference to produce a new constitution which would be acceptable to all.

He added that the Conference must make a clear break from the past by ensuring that issues were discussed frankly and not allowing the old prejudice to over-shadow delegates’ sense of patriotism.

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