National Conference: FEC Approves Report

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday approved the final report of the National Conference

It equally approved N36.6 billion for road projects in some states.

The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Edem Duke, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents shortly after the weekly meeting.

He said: “You will recall that barely one year ago, the president inaugurated the conference and that at the end of their sitting the conference came up with a report and submitted it  to him. You will also recall that the conference came up with modalities for implementing its resolutions or recommendations.

“And I think it is the high point of that effort. They not only came up with recommendations, or agreed on basic measure, they also recommended to government on how to implement those recommendations and resolutions.

“The National Conference report came to council today (Wednesday). You will also recall that barely one year ago,  President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated the conference and that at the end, the conference came up with a report and submitted the report to him.”

The minister told journalists that the council  approved that those modalities be adopted in implementing the report.

He noted that after having initially received the report, Jonathan set up a committee under the chairmanship of the Attorney General of the Federation which looked at the report in its entirety.

“They have looked at the recommendations and have advised the president that they were implementable,” he said.

Also speaking, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, said: “You would have heard the president promising severally that he was going to implement the recommendations of the conference.

“So, the report coming to the council is the first leg of taking concrete steps towards implementing the recommendations and resolutions of the conference and what was agreed today (Wednesday) in council are one, that the resolutions and recommendations that have implications on constitutional amendment or enactment of new laws, the attorney general should compile them and  vet them for onward transmission to the national assembly for enactment into law.

“So we expect that in the nearest future, the attorney general would have concluded work on them and they will be forwarded by the president to the National Assembly.

“The second approval was also that there are recommendations that have to do with policy matters and those recommendations are necessarily for implementation by either federal agencies or state agencies or local government areas.

“So, it is was approved in council that all policy matters that require action by federal agencies would be referred to the agencies for immediate implementation and all that require action by state governments or state agencies should be referred to the states for their immediate implementations and ditto for local government.

“On other matters that require legal issues, for instance where it concerns constitutional amendment, it is not really the responsibility of the national assembly alone.

“They have to work with the state assemblies in bringing effect to this. So, today, we are taking steps towards implementing the resolutions of the National Conference and we believe that the vision of the president in setting up the conference and the wonderful work done by eminent Nigerians who attended the conference in producing the report, the resolutions and recommendations, we would be giving consideration and we believe our country will benefit immensely from the work of this conference.”

Meanwhile, the council also approved road projects, which is the construction of Osibudu-Oweto road between Nasarawa and Benue States at N7.9billion.
The contract was awarded  to CGC, with 18 months completion deadline. Also, N7.1 billion was approved for the construction of Ningi-Kofar Mata road in Bauchi.

The dualisation of Suleja-Minna road was approved by the council at the cost of N23.6 billion to Salini, with 18 months completion period.

The council also considered the distribution of  tricycles to Benue North-west constituency at the cost of N472.5million.

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, also presented a memo for the construction of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) headquarters annex in Abuja at N14.7billion, Lagos office at N24.7billion, training centre in Lekki at N9.3billionn.

The organisation, according to Duke, had been saving towards the projects.

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