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National Conference Adjourn Sitting For One Week

The National Conference on Tuesday adjourned sitting by one week in order for its secretariat to formulate the ground rules that would guide debates.

The chairman of the conference, retired Justice Idris Kutigi, adjourned sitting after the Secretary, Mrs. Valerie Azinge, told delegates that the rules would be ready by Thursday.

In the interim, however, delegates had been handed copies of reports of past conferences to study.

“We adjourned till Monday for obvious reasons: first and foremost for them (delegates) to go and study the voluminous materials given to them and also the rules that will govern them so that when they have studied them, they will come here with an informed opinion on which way to go because they need those rules so that if they have apprehensions on the way to go, we can amend before we start,”

In the bags handed over to the delegates were the main report of the 2005 National Political Reforms Conference; the main report and executive summary of the report of the Presidential Committee on review of outstanding issues from recent Constitutional Conference, July 2012; and the National Conference report of the Political Bureau, March 1987.

Other documents in the bag were the Implementation Guide of the National Political Reforms Conference, 2005; the Report of the 1995 Constitutional Conference, containing the draft Constitution (Volume I and II); and the Policy Recommendation for Presidential Committee to review outstanding issues from recent Constitutional conferences, July 2012.

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