The federal government yesterday approved the report of the 2014 National Conference for implementation.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC), which gave the approval, also approved road and office accommodation projects worth several billions of naira.
Minister of culture and tourism and supervising minister of information, Chief Edem Duke, gave the hint while briefing State House correspondents after the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan. He was accompanied by the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Anyim Pius Anyim, and the minister of works, Mike Onolememen.
Duke said with the approval, the federal government now had a platform on which to direct relevant agencies to commence the implementation of aspects of the report.
The minister added that the report was unique in the sense that it did not stop at recommendations and resolutions, but went further to suggest modalities for their implementation.
Expatiating on FEC’s deliberations with regard to the conference report, the SGF, Anyim, said the council approved that the modalities recommended by the conferees be adopted as the first concrete steps towards implementing the report.
He said the recommendations requiring input from the legislative arm of government would be compiled and vetted by the attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Mohammed Adoke, for onward transmission to the National Assembly.
The SGF said, “Let me say that what happened in council today (yesterday) was for the council to approve that those modalities be adopted in implementing the report.
“Recall that when the report was submitted to Mr President, he set up a committee under the chairmanship of the AGF and the committee has looked at the report in its entirety. They have looked at the recommendations and they have advised Mr President that they were implementable.”
Anyim remarked that the president had been making promises to the effect that he was going to implement the recommendations of the conference.
“So, the report coming to the council today is the first leg of taking concrete steps towards implementing the recommendations and resolutions of the conference,” he said..
He said, “So, we expect that, in the nearest future, the AGF would have concluded work on them and they will be forwarded by Mr President to the National Assembly.
“The second approval was also that there are recommendations that have to do with policy matters and those recommendations are necessarily for implementation by either federal agencies or state agencies or local government areas.
“So, it’s was approved in council that all policy matters that require action by federal agencies would be referred to the agencies for immediate implementation and all that require action by state governments or state agencies should be referred to the states for their immediate implementations, and same for local government.”
FEC also approved road contracts to the tune of about N39.6 billion.
They include Osibudu-Oweto road, Ningi-Kofa Mata and Suleja-Minna, with a completion period of 18 and 40 months respectively.
Duke also disclosed that N472.5 million was approved by FEC for supply of tricycles to Benue North West Senatorial District for empowerment purposes.
He further disclosed that council also approved contracts for the construction of office accommodation for Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) in Lagos and Abuja to the tune of N48 billion.