22 February 2014

Nigeria: CSOS List Agenda for National Confab

Photo: Leadership
National conference delegates.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria have listed eight top priority issues the body intends to collectively table at the forthcoming National Conference, as it shortlisted four persons from each of the geographical zones, covering 24 slots to represent it at the parley.

In a communiqué issued yesterday in Abuja and signed by the Country Director, World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, (WANGO) Nigeria Chapter, Mr. Mohammed Bougei Attah and others, listed the areas of priority to include, fiscal federation, resource control and cost of governance

Others areas listed by the network of CSOs include local government autonomy, citizenship rights, review of concurrent list in the constitution, regional police, employment and security.

It also said, nominees for the North Central zone could not be picked because of unresolved issues with the co-ordinator of the zone, assuring that the zone will be factored into it soon. The body said, other nominations were authenticated before a final list was forwarded to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

"Contacts with all the nominees were made to ensure they were consulted and indeed nominated on the various platforms submitted and to obtain their consent", it said.

In addition, it said, in the absence of a central network or coordinating body to facilitate the activities of CSOs in Nigeria, the task of selecting or nominating 24 out of hundreds of qualified organizations was quite a difficult one. But the communiqué said, the body was consoled by the general acceptance of the outcome by the National Working Committee, comprising six (6) members from the zones.

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