President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday received the Femi Okunronmu-led Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, urging that the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance should make adequate financial provisions so that the conference will take off immediately in the early part of 2014.
The committee, which was inaugurated on October 7 with initial six weeks time frame but later got extension, submitted 4,000 page report contained in 16 volumes after their interaction with Nigerians in 13 cities across the country.
The President, while commending the committee members for exceeding his expectation in the level of consultation, assured that the implementation of the report will be transparent, reiterating that he has no personal interest in the conference, adding, “I will allow the will of Nigerians to prevail.”
President Jonathan also put the members of the committee on alert that because they submitted “a document that the volumes are quite frightening,” and for government to move fast in its implementation, the Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation would call some of them to help them understand the document and set up the team that would carry on with the assignment.
While commending Nigerians for co-operating with the committee members during the consultation, Jonathan assured all Nigerians that his administration will partner with all stakeholders to convene the dialogue which he said the outcome would add value to the process of building a stronger, united, more democratic and stable Nigeria.
He said the committee had shown commitment and love for the country as good citizens, saying Nigerians owe them appreciation.
He said the submission of the report, marks another milestone in the nation’s match towards building a better cohesive society for us and our children.
The President said he has adopted the name “National Conference” because the chairman of the committee repeatedly used it during the submission of the report.
National Conference to hold early 2014