Delegates complain over amended proceedings

CHAIRMAN of the National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, yesterday, urged delegates to hasten discussions on reports of the committees because they have only five weeks to conclude their assignment.

Kutigi, who proposed an amendment to the proceedings of the conference, said to meet the deadline certain adjustments had to be made, including new ways of discussing the reports.

According to Kutigi, rather than have a list of over 100 delegates register to speak on reports which he said was killing time, delegates who have amendments to reports will only submit their names a day to the presentation of the report.

Kutigi said: “Beginning from today, we only have five weeks to conclude the Conference and submit our recommendations to the government. We are proposing an amendment to the proceedings of the Conference. We are suggesting that when we call chairmen to present their reports, instead of calling on delegates to speak one after the other, we will skip that hurdle. Those who have amendments will be called to submit them to the secretariat. That will strengthen our efforts to do this thing properly.”

Though his suggestions were unanimously adopted by delegates, there were some dissenting voices who said it was a way of making delegates not to comment on reports that would be considered volatile as the leadership may use the new process to ‘doctor’ the reports.

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