Confab: Pro-democracy Groups Promise Weekly Progress Report

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Representatives of civil society organisations (CSOs) and pro-democracy groups at the ongoing national conference say they will update Nigerians with weekly developments at the forum.

Mr Auwal Musa, a representative on the platform of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

“We, the civil society organisations (CSOs) and pro-democracy delegates at the conference will be giving a weekly update on what is happening at the conference, especially from our own perspective to Nigerians.

“We are going to begin that by Friday,’’ he said, adding that the conference had been active since it was inaugurated on March 17 by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Musa said many issues had been discussed, adding “we have to agree on the fundamentals that will guide the conduct of the conference proceedings’’.

“First, the procedure is that you just don’t jump into discussing issues; you lay down the procedures and it has to be agreed upon by the delegates.

“The conference has a weekly time-table, and we don’t need to rush it.

“It is supposed to be a three-month conference and we are just two weeks into it; so it is not correct for people to say nothing has been done.

“So many discussions have been going on and because the issues at stake are very important, we cannot rush them,” he said.

Musa noted that if the foundation of the conference was not properly laid, it would not be able to arrive at meaningful decisions that would move the nation forward.

He stated that the agenda of the CSOs included proper federalism, electoral integrity, revenue allocation and policing.


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