Middle Belt Articulate Position For National Conference

Chairman, Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana

Leaders from the middle belt region including minority group representatives from the North East have gathered to articulate the region’s position in the forthcoming National Conference.

Opinion leaders from the middle belt states of Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Benue, and Nassarawa as well as representatives from minority groups of North East states of Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Borno and Adamawa gathered in Jos, North Central Nigeria to discuss the region’s position and presentation with the theme, ‘Strategic Partnerships for the National Conference’.

Chairman of the Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana, stressed the importance of the national dialogue and challenged the delegates to be critical in the deliberations on issues ranging from insecurity, economic downturn, poor leadership and poor governance among others.

Setting the tone for deliberations, he urged the delegates to consider the various topics for discussions with all seriousness for onward presentation to the conference.

Former Secretary to The Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae and former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, in their contributions at the meeting noted that the proposed National Conference should be taken seriously for a better country.

Addressing the gathering, the Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang also reinstated the non-negotiable unity of the country at the proposed national dialogue.

The delegates were in different syndicate groups with topical issues on fiscal federalism, creation of states and local governments, systems of government, legislative powers, citizenship, citizenship rights and social safety nets for minorities, electoral systems and political party systems among others.

The conference was attended by prominent sons and daughters of the region including retired military officers, technocrats, as well as politicians and the academia.

Forum Canvasses Support For Advisory Committee On Nat’l Conference

Nigerians have been urged to give the proposed national conference every support it requires so as to serve as an avenue for national reconciliation, restoration of trust and rededication to the onerous task of accelerated national development and this is according to the chairman of the Middle Belt Forum, Professor Jerry Gana.

The presidential advisory committee on the proposed national conference continued its assignment in consulting with Nigerians with a visit to the north central zone on what they want concerning the conference agenda, selection of delegates, length of the conference and its legal basis as well as recommendations on how the findings can be adopted into the constitution.

Political leaders, women’s group, non-government organisations, students groups and several cultural and ethnic groups gathered at the Eliel centre, Jos north central Nigeria to lend their voices on the proposed national conference.

The Middle Belt Forum in its presentation to the national conference advisory committee in Jos through its chairman, Professor Jerry Gana, believes that the conference will not be a gathering to discuss how best to dissolve the nation, but a patriotic platform for finding durable and effective solutions to problems of nation building and an agenda on what should be discussed, structure, time frame as well as legal basis for the acceptability of the proposed conference.

The committee also visited the Gbong Gwom Jos, his majesty, Da Gynag Buba and Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang who solicited for the cooperation of the ~National Assembly on the proposed conference.

The Middle Belt Forum however advised that as the presidential advisory committee continues its consultations nationwide on the agenda and modalities for the proposed national conference, Nigerians need to give the committee all the necessary assistance and information required for the conference to be success.

Middle Belt Forum Expresses Hope In Nat/Confrence As Cmmtte Visits Jos

The Middle Belt Forum has expressed hope in the potentials of the proposed National Conference as it has said that the Conference would serve as an avenue for national reconciliation, restoration of trust and rededication to the onerous task of accelerated national development.

Speaking during the visit of the President Goodluck Jonathan constituted advisory committee to Jos in the North Central region of the country, the Chairman of the Forum, Professor Jerry Gana, on behalf of the group proposed an agenda on what should be discussed, the structure, time frame as well as legal basis for the acceptability of the proposed conference.

As part of its mandate, the Committee, led by its chairman, Senator Femi Okurounmu, visited the zone as part of its efforts in consulting with Nigerians on what they want concerning the conference agenda, selection of delegates, length of the conference and its legal basis as well as recommendations on how the findings can be adopted into the constitution.

The meeting, which held at the Eliel Centre, Jos, the Plateau state capital, was attended by political leaders, women groups, non-government organisations, student groups and several cultural and ethnic groups.

At the forum, Nigerians were urged to give the proposed national conference every support it requires so as to serve as an avenue for national reconciliation, restoration of trust and rededication to the onerous task of accelerated national development.

The Committee also visited the Gbong Gwom, Jos, His Majesty, Da Gynag Buba as well as the state governor, Jonah Jang who solicited for the cooperation of the national assembly on the proposed conference.