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Jonathan Sends Confab Report to National Assembly


By Ibidapo Balogun

One of the planks on which President Jonathan’s campaign for re-election was predicated was strict implementation of the report of the National Political Reforms Conference, which he convened in Abuja in March last year.

But as it were, the president lost the March 28, 2015 election to All Progressives Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, who is not keen on the implementation of the conference report.

On Wednesday, President Jonathan, however, forwarded the report of the confab to the National Assembly for scrutiny and passage into law.

He forwarded the report with an accompanying letter, which was read on the floor of the Senate.

Senate President David Mark, who read the letter, said though the conference had no-go areas, it deliberated on many areas that could aid the development of the country.

He promised that the Senate would look at the report and do the needful.

President Jonathan had earlier said that areas of the report requiring legislation would be sent to the National Assembly. He had also earlier before the election set up a cabinet committee to look at the areas requiring policy action and quick implementation and make its recommendations.

Meanwhile, the presidency and National Assembly have resolved their areas of disagreements over the 4th alterations to the 1999 Constitution.

President Jonathan had raised objections to some aspects of the amendments and had dragged the lawmakers to the Supreme Court over the matter.

But the seven justices of the court in a unanimous decision asked both the Executive and National Assembly to settle the matter out of court and report to it by Wednesday.

The two levels of government have now agreed over the grey areas.

Counsel to the Executive and former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Bayo Ojo, and Counsel to the National Assembly, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, said the two bodies made concessions before arriving at a settlement.



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