Friday July 25th, 2014
Friday July 25th, 2014
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Confab: Knotty national question back to sender!

  /   in Confab Debate 12:33 am   /   Comments

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They came, they debated, they disagreed. This was the situation at the 2014 National Conference which had 492 delegates in attendance. The intrigues and hiccups arguably made the conference seemingly deadlocked.

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44years after, Igbo demand N2.6trn reparation over civil war

  /   in Confab Debate 6:10 am   /   Comments

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FORTY- Four years after, the Civil War , Igbo delegates asked for N2. 6 trillion as reparation and compensation for the devastation Igbo land experienced during the 1967 to 1970 war.

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Labour delegate faults impasse on revenue formula

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A LABOUR delegate and Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Issa Aremu, has said the current impasse on revenue sharing formula is avoidable if patriotism replaces parochialism and unhealthy competition gives way to national solidarity and cooperation for development.

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There ‘ll be another National Conference — Nwoko

  /   in Confab Debate, Politics   /   Comments

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A renowned legal practitioner, Barr Uwemedimo Nwoko in this interview speaks on the ongoing National Confab and why Jonathan should re-contest in 2015 among other issues.

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Derivation:North’s conspiracy versus South’s resistance

  /   in Confab Debate, News 12:34 am   /   Comments

UPROAR OVER Revenue formula: Delegates to the National Conference argue during debate on revenue sharing formula as the conference degenerated into a rowdy session, yesterday.

At its twilight, the 2014 National Conference in Abuja heads for the precipice. Read the account of a week long stalemated session on resource control and derivation principle.

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As confab ends: How Kutigi, Akinyemi handled the North/South divide

  /   in Confab Debate, News   /   Comments

Professor Bolaji Akinyemi and Justice Idris Kutigi

The National Conference, an assemblage of 492 Nigerians, after three months of its original time frame with additional one month, would round off in four days time having completed the main assignment of plenary, committee work and voting on the recommendations of the committees.

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NASS has no business making constitution — Ozekhome

  /   in Confab Debate 12:34 am   /   Comments

From left, Chief Raymod Dopkesi discussing with Chief Mrs. Sani Felicia on Monday  during Consideration of Devolution of Power Committee’s Report at National Confab in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Federal Government delegate stunned the conference when he stated that the National Assembly had no business with the enactment of constitutions.

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Land Use Act: Confab retains status quo

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From left, Chief Raymod Dopkesi discussing with Chief Mrs. Sani Felicia on Monday  during Consideration of Devolution of Power Committee’s Report at National Confab in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

AFTER weeks of controversies over whether or not the Land Use Act should be removed from the constitution, delegates yesterday resolved to retain the law after some amendments

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Delegates bicker over subjecting outcome to referendum

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Confab: From left, Mr Christian Udechukwu, Chief Dan Nwanyanu, Chief Victor Umeh and Senator Ike Nwachukwu discussing during National Conference in Abuja . Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan

DELEGATES disagreed sharply yesterday on how the outcome of the National Conference should be implemented. They bickered over whether or not their decisions should be sent to the National Assembly for consideration or subjected to the approval of Nigerians through a referendum.

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18 new States: 50 Osun Monarchs write Kutigi

  /   in Confab Debate 1:35 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

50 first class traditional rulers, leaders, stakeholders, elders from Osun State have written the Chairman, National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi and the leadership to demand the inclusion of Oduduwa State as an additional state to those to be created from the South West geo- political zone of the country.

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Derivation: Clark, Nwachukwu, Coomassie others in strategic meeting

  /   in Confab Debate   /   Comments

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THE National Conference was forced to adjourn yesterday following a last minute effort by some elder statesmen among the delegates to forge a consensus on a benchmark for the payment of derivation to mineral producing areas of the country. The delegates drawn from across the six geopolitical zones it was gathered met from 9 p.m.

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Delegates’ stand on derivation

  /   in Confab Debate 8:35 pm   /   Comments

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Ahead of today’s debate on the recommendation for the retention of 13 per cent as the minimum derivation payable to mineral producing areas of the country, some delegates spoke to Vanguard on their position on the issue.

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Stormy session as Dambatta insults South East

  /   in Confab Debate 2:28 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the on-going national conference

THERE was a shouting session yesterday at the on – going National Conference following the use of foul language by a delegate from the North West geo- political zone on the South East zone.

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Cars to Govt. officials should be cut by 80% – Shown

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A delegate representing Plateau State at the on- going National Conference, Prof. Dakum Shown yesterday lampooned elected government officials over what he described as excessive use and abuse of official vehicles to the detriment of the people they were elected to serve.

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Uproar as delegate faults Northern census figures

  /   in Confab Debate 12:27 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

A delegate from the South South geo- political zone, Mr Chris Agbonmwanegbe yesterday faulted the census figure being showcased by states in the northern part of the country.

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Smuggled Constitution: Stormy session as Northern, Southern delegates split

  /   in Confab Debate 2:17 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the ongoing national confernce

THE Andrews Otutu Obaseki hall, venue of plenary sessions of the on-going National Conference was, yesterday, thrown into a stormy one as there was a sharp split between northern and southern delegates over plans to force a new constitution through the back door.

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Sitting arrangement adjusted at Confab, Ozekhome gets Boko Harm threat

  /   in Confab Debate   /   Comments

MOVED by the issue of time frame, delegates at the on- going National Conference yesterday adjusted its sittings to, among others, allow Muslim delegates observe the Ramadan fast.

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Confab: Compensate my people, Bakassi,Ita-Giwa begs FG

  /   in Confab Debate 12:47 am   /   Comments

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Senator Florence Ita Giwa, a delegate at the ongoing National Conference and Chairman, Conference Committee on the Environment, has pleaded with the Federal Government to compensate her people.

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Anger as Kutigi unleashes DSS on Journalists

  /   in Confab Debate 1:00 am   /   Comments

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ANGER, despondency and frustration enveloped the Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki Hall, venue of plenary of the on- going National Conference, yesterday, when Chairman of the Conference, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi ordered men of Department of State Service, DSS to walk out all Journalists covering the conference.

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Retired military men protest

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Retired Military men protesting at the Confab

IT was a sad day for retired military men under the aegis of Coalition of aggrieved Nigerian Military Veterans who made moves to storm the National Conference to drive home their predicaments but were stopped at the gate by men of the Department of State Service, DSS.

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15,316 Nigerians languish in foreign prisons

  /   in Confab Debate 12:03 am   /   Comments

Detainees in a holding cell at the prison

DELEGATES were told yesterday that 16, 300 Nigerians were as of 2012 languishing in prisons abroad with some of them on death row.

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Delegates reject self-determination, Plea bargain

  /   in Confab Debate 12:16 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the National Conference in Abuja

ADELEGATE, Pius Tabi Tawo has proposed an inclusion of a provision for self- determination in the constitution.

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‘How the North hijacked National Conference Committee’

  /   in Confab Debate, Politics 12:38 am   /   Comments

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Asara Asara, Ake IX, the paramount ruler of Akipelai Community in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, is also a delegate at the on-going National Conference on the platform of the Federal Government He speaks on the battle for resource control among other issues

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Delegates bicker over arrest of 486 Boko Haram suspects

  /   in Confab Debate 12:16 am   /   Comments

Cross section of Suspected Boko-haram Insurgence arrested between Aro-Ngwa and Imo gate along Enugu-Portharcort Express way in Abia state by the Nigerian Army attached to the state, insert are their
(33) buses.

SOUTHERN and Northern delegates almost engaged one another in a free-for-all yesterday, when a motion on the arrest of 486 Boko Haram suspects in Abia State was presented for consideration.

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Kutigi walks out Ex-NAWOJ president over misconduct

  /   in Confab Debate 10:29 pm   /   Comments

Chairman of National Conference, Hon. Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi with his gavel at Conference on Monday in Abuja. Photo by Gbemiga Olamikan.

IMMEDIATE past President of National Association of Women Journalists, Ms Asabe Baba was humiliated Thursday when the Chairman of the National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi walked her out of the conference for misconduct.

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Delegates recommends death penalty for rapists of minors

  /   in Confab Debate   /   Comments

THE National Conference has recommend death sentence for those found to have raped minors just as it recommended a life sentence to other rapists.

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Bakassi: Cameroon begins demarcation without Nigerian officials — Delegates

  /   in Confab Debate   /   Comments

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DELEGATES have urged President Goodluck Jonathan to, as a matter of urgency, intervene in the present demarcation of some villages in Cross River State by the Republic of Cameroun without the Federal Government’s consent.

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Nuclear Power: Kutigi urges delegates to be diplomatic

  /   in Confab Debate   /   Comments

Professor Bolaji Akinyemi and Justice Idris Kutigi

CHAIRMAN of the National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, has warned delegates to be careful in their choice of words during presentations.

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Don’t establish Surgeon-General’s office — Delegates

  /   in Confab Debate   /   Comments

Delegates at the National Conference in Abuja

DELEGATES yesterday kicked against the planned establishment of office of the Surgeon- General of the Federation.

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Resource control: NDSDM demands 100%, threatens secession

  /   in Confab Debate 3:45 am   /   Comments

Delegates at the on-going national conference

AHEAD of debates on the report of the Devolution of Powers Committee, a group, the Niger Delta Self-Determination Movement, NDSDM, from the South-South geo- political zone, yesterday, wrote to the Conference Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi, saying that the people of the region stand on 100 percent resource ownership.

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Complete Ajaokuta steel before 2015, delegates urge FG

  /   in Confab Debate 9:00 pm   /   Comments

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DELEGATES, Tuesday, strongly advised the Federal Government to ensure the completion of the abandoned Ajaokuta Iron and Steel that has been left idle for 14 years before the 2015 general election.

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C’ttee faults privatization of PHCN

  /   in Confab Debate   /   Comments

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THE National Conference Committee on Energy has recommended a review of the privatization process carried out by the Federal Government in the electricity sector.

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