Communiqué Of The Forum Of Delegates To The 2014 National Conference
- In response to persistent calls from many concerned citizens and interest
groups for one form of Conference or the other, the then Federal Government of Nigeria organised and inaugurated a National Conference on March 17, 2014,
- The Conference Delegates were largely elected leaders of interest groups from all over Nigeria, including organised labour, civil society groups, professional bodies, the academia, socio-cultural organisations, political parties, ethnic nationalities, and Nigerians in the Diaspora. There were eminent traditional rulers, elder statesmen and women, and there were more women and youth representation than in any of the previous Conferences. It was the most representative of all such Conference.
- Benefiting from, and building on reports of all previous national or constitutional Conferences held in Nigeria, the 2014 National Conference made many well-considered, workable and excellent recommendations for the progress and well-being of Nigeria.
- Every delegate participated with dedication and enthusiasm from the beginning to the end of the Conference, and it came to a happy ending on August 14, 2014, when delegates unanimously adopted the reports and recommendations of the Conference.
- Although the socio-economic and political issues that warranted the convening of the Conference are still very much with us, no serious attempt has been made to implement the recommendations of the Conference.
- After extensive consultations among the former delegates, a decision was taken to hold a reunion and brainstorming summit, to find ways and means to promote the implementation of the 2014 National Conference recommendations.
- The Summit was held on Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017, at DAAR Communications Complex, Kpaduma Hills, Ladi Lawal Drive, Off Gen. T.Y. Danjuma Street, Asokoro, Abuja. It was attended by 257 delegates from all the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.
- The Summit resolved:to create a “2014 National Conference Delegates Forum” to sustain advocacy for the implementation of the 2014 National Conference recommendations;
- to create a “2014 National Conference Delegates Forum” to sustain advocacy for the implementation of the 2014 National Conference recommendations;
- to come up with appropriate measures to publish and publicize the reports and recommendations of the Conference;
- to engage with the Federal Executive, the National Assembly and other relevant stakeholders to promote the implementation of the Conference recommendations and, above all,
- to mobilize the Nigerian public to buy into the 2014 National Conference recommendations.
- The Organising Committee was expanded and mandated to mobilise all the 2014 National Conference Delegates for solidarity, future summits and activities.
- The Summit calls on all Nigerians to remain committed to the ‘Nigeria Project,’ and to redouble efforts for national unity, equity, reconstruction, peace and prosperity.