Confab Daily – Thursday 26 June 2014

The Thursday session of the National Conference started on a controversial note as delegates are bent on discussing every aspect of the reports and recommendations presented at Wednesday’s sitting.After observing a minutes silence for the victim’s of bomb blasts in many parts of the country, including the bombing at Emab Plaza at Wuse 2. 

The Chairman, Idris Kutigi had insisted that the report of the Committee on Political Restructuring be taken along with the recommendations of the Committee.

But delegates insisted that the report of the Committee should be taken based on the rules of the Conference and nothing less.

Delegates disagreed with the recommendation that 70 percent of Federal police officers in any state should be indigenes of that state.

The Conference also considered the recommendation for the establishment of state police and community police through state law.

The Conference adopted the recommendation that any state that require it, shall establish a police force to be operated and run by the state.

The Conference also adopt the recommendation for the state laws to provide for community policing.

The Conference adopted the recommendation that the number of vehicles on government convoys and the speed limit be set by the Federal Road Safety Commission.

The Conference also adopted the recommendation for the establishment of a National Border Patrol Force under the ministry of defence.

The Conference rejected the recommendation to bar the Nigerian Army from being drafted for electoral duties as well as the recommendation that the NSCDC, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the NDLEA, the Custom Service to expand the composition of State Security Council.

The Conference adopted the recommendation that the office of the Chief of Defence Staff should be incorporated in the Nigeria Constitution.

Co-Chair of the Conference Committee on Politics and Governance, Jerry Gana, presented the Committee’s report.

Some of the recommendations of the Committee approved independent candidacy for Nigerians who met the statutory requirement of the law.

Ahmadu Ali was the first to open debate on the report. He argued that while the report was good and well-written, it would be difficult to implement it. He spoke against the removal of immunity clause.

Abubakar Galadima said there is a problem in the report. He said that the report has given to the right hand and take away from the left hand by creating an independent candidature.

Abubakar Galadima said there is a problem in the report. He said that the report has given in the right hand and take away from the left hand by creating an independent candidature.

He said, in Benue Republic, there are over 200 political parties, arguing that anybody willing to contest an election should be allowed to do so without let or hindrance.

“I reject and impartial judiciary and there are the cause of the problems we have in Nigerian. If they are impartial we would not be having the problems we are having in this country. “But where judges are being tele-guided and threaten by the top people especially in electoral cases, we will continue to have problems. We do not conduct elections in this country. People sit and write out results. We must conduct real elections in this country now.” he said.

Ken Nnamani said there were many overlapping points in the report but limited his intervention to the recommendation for the creation of strong institution.

“I have always insisted that the immunity clause is a precursor to corruption. I have always insisted that the immunity clause is a precursor to corruption. The chances of buying justice are so high. I am one of those, who support the removal of immunity. If you do well while in office you don’t have anything to worry about immunity.” he said

Jibril Aminu supported the call for the removal of immunity and said that country’s like Benue Republic, the United States and others do not have immunity clauses in their laws.

“Nobody should have access to public funds. There is no grounds why a governor should give the accountant general of the state to pay out huge sums of money which are donated out carelessly.” he said

Victor Attah said he supported the move to stop the funding of political parties from government funds and also supported the issue of independent candidacy.

 

 


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