…Say forum viable platform for conflict resolution
By Charles Kumolu
EMINENT Nigerians including the Senate President, Sen Bukola Saraki, and some state governors, have said that the Southern Senators Forum initiated by Sen Hope Uzodinma was capable of resolving the divergent positions on restructuring.
They also described the forum as a viable platform that could be explored for conflict resolutions in the country, noting that Uzodinma deserved commendations for conve-ning it.
These observations were made at a three-day retreat by the forum in Calabar which was attended by eminent personalities and erudite scholars, who presented papers on various subjects bordering on restructuring and national unity.
Those at the event include Cross Rivers State governor, Prof Ben Ayade; Bayelsa State governor,Mr. Seriake Dickson; Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi. Akeredolu, SAN; Jigawa State governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar; Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senator David Mark, and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; among others.
Speaking at the event, Dickson said the forum was a credible legislative platform that can trigger the process for a legislative resolution of the restructuring issue, adding that the NASS would cooperate with the forum on the issue.