Don’t Abandon 2014 National Conference, Goodluck Jonathan begs FG

The immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has called for the implementation of the rec­ommendations of the 2014 National Conference, say­ing it would address the lingering agitations and in­security in the country.
Dr Jonathan made this call yesterday, in his re­marks at the Rivers State Golden Anniversary Lec­ture held at the Dr Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt.
He stated that he gave approval for the National Conference to be held after realising how germane it was to address gray areas of interest.
Jonathan explained, “One of the reasons I insisted on the National Conference, Prof Darah (Guest Lecturer) made ref­erence to, was the interest of Nigerians. Yes, in many areas as a nation, we are doing well, but, there are still other areas that agitate the minds of our people. And as a government, you need to address them.
“I remember in Au­gust, 2013, Professor Ben Nwabueze led the patri­ots and met me; one of the issues they raised was the National Conference. Others schemed for other conferences but I insisted on the National Confer­ence that would look at these gray areas that affect our people. Those areas that retard our develop­ment and fine tune it for the good of our children and grand-children.
“I always believe that when you are in govern­ment, when you are mak­ing laws or coming up with policies, don’t consid­er your position because that your position is very temporal.
“I was quite pleased with the outcome of the conference. There was nothing like voting. Every decision was by consensus. And I believe sincerely that if government is able to implement most of those recommendations, some of the things that agitate our minds today, some of the social issues we have including insecurity and otherwise would be addressed”, the former president stated.
Speaking further, Jona­than said he had always advocated for a fiscal fed­eralism, saying it would afford federating states opportunity for develop­ment.

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