Abuja — Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), in Abuja on Wednesday inaugurated a 10-man presidential committee on Nigeria's Centenary Book.
The SGF said that the task before the committee was of great importance, noting Nigeria's existence as one entity would be 100 years on Jan. 1, 2014.
The southern protectorate and the northern protectorate were amalgamated on Jan. 1, 1914.
Anyim noted that the committee, which has Prof.Tekena Tamuno as Chairman, was mandated with the task of compiling a compendium of the vast, voluminous and vital history of the country in the past 100 years.
According to him, this is an undertaking that can be described as unique in every sense of the word.
"What is envisaged by this administration, and indeed, the proud citizens of this country at the completion of the work of this committee is a legacy document that will stand as the history of Nigeria.
"It will be a transcendent document for a transformational era in practical terms," he said.
Anyim said that the committee had also been mandated to produce quality "Limited Edition Collectors Item" that would be displayed in the country's major libraries and embassies abroad.
The SGF added that the book should be of sufficient quality to be given as gifts to visiting dignitaries as well as small abridged copies for mass circulation.
Tamuno thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity given the committee to serve, noting that although the committee had less than 24 months to work, the members were eager to swing into action.
He added that the committee would work hard "to give readers at home and abroad an authentic and authoritative account of the country's growth and development.
"It is our hope that through our painstaking programmes, a new Nigeria will be born in the next century," he said.
The other members of the committee include: Malam Habib Jato, the Director General, National Library and Mr Umar Odimboro, the Director General, National Archives, while Mr Ebere Nwankpa of the SGF Office would serve as its secretary.