PRONACO Begins Mini-conference March 23



 

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PRONACO Begins Mini-conference March 23

By Ndubuisi Ugah, 03.09.2005

 

 

Chief Anthony Enohoro-led Pro-National Conference Organisations (PRONACO) yesterday said plans were already at an advanced stage for the commencement of a mini conferences of various constituent units to be represented at Peoples National Conference (PNC) scheduled to be inagurated later in June.

The consultative process, which is expected to begin immediately after the Conference Planning Commission (CPC) meeting scheduled to hold between March 23 and 29, is part of the processes through which PRONACO intends  to actualise its set objectives.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guardian

January 13, 2005

 

Enahoro, 42 groups begin mock national confab
By Clifford Ndujihe and Kufre Okon

 

IN its determined effort to ensure a better nation, the Chief Anthony Eromosele Enahoro-led Pro-National Conference Organisations (PRONACO) yesterday in Lagos began a two-day meeting.

 

The parley is a prelude to the convocation of a national conference by the group, ahead of the Federal Government planned national dialogue.

 

Chaired by Enahoro, the meeting, which ends today, will come up with resolutions on the structure, composition, agenda and time-table for the national conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The parties were the Al`liance for Democracy (AD), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), National Action Council (NAC), Nigerian Advance Party (NAP), Peoples Mandate Party (PMP), Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Peoples Salvation Party (PSP) and Progressive Action Congress (PAC).

 

From the civil society were the Citizens Forum (CF), Congress of Free Trade Union (CFTU), Movement for National Reformation (MNR), The Patriots, Women in Nigeria (WIN), Women and Law Development (WLD) and United Action for Democracy (UAD). There were also the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Citizens Forum for Constitutional Reform (CFCR) and Campaign for Democracy (CD).

 

In the pack of the ethnic nationalities-based groups at the meeting were Afe Annang, Atam Peoples Congress (APC), Ebrutu Consultative Assembly (ECA).

 

Oron Union, Ibibio Elders Union, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ijaw National Congress (INC), Ijaw Youths Association (IYA), Ohaneze, Igbo National Congress (INC) and MASSOB.

 

The rest were the Urhobo Progress Union (UPU), Edo Okpamakhin, Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders, Yoruba Parapo, Coalition of Oodua Self-determination Groups (COSEG), Middle Belt Progressives Forum (MBF), Arewa Youths Forum (AYF) and Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF).

 

Recalling that there was a time when enormous growth took place in the country, PRONACO lamented that political bickering, violent politicking and dictatorial outbursts which distorted the political landscape of the country had taken over.

 

 

 

 

Notable PRONACO leaders at the meeting include. Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, Chief Kola Onaseye Dudu, Chief Enafo Ajise, Prof. Sadesola Akande, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd). Others are Dr. Robinson Momoh, Amb. Olu Tula, Mrs. A. Tula, Mrs. A. Essien, Chief Mrs. Elizabeth Adiukwu-Bakare and Amb. Segun Olusola.

 

In a chat with The Guardian, Fasehun said the refusal of the current government to yield to the clamour for national conference shows that it was yet to acquire a full democratic status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Champion

January 13, 2005

Council of State okays national dialogue

•Enahoro’s group seeks 480-member SNC

THOMAS IMONIKHE (Deputy Political Editor) and LERE OJEDOKUN, Abuja

NATIONAL Council of State (NCS) yesterday approved the convocation of the proposed national conference along the line of the Presidency’s national dialogue, but with far-reaching decisions on its composition and duration.

The Council at its first meeting of the year, at the State House, Abuja resolved, among others, that the proposed confab be named National Political Reform.

But, in Lagos, representatives of ethnic nationalities yesterday began a crucial meeting expected to agree on modalities for their convocation of a “Peoples National Conference” with elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro proposing 480 delegates for the conference.

NCS also recommended that a total of 400 representatives, either to be elected or appointed, should participate in the dialogue with President Olusegun Obasanjo empowered to choose about 50 of them from the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Each of the six geo-political zones would also be expected to ensure balance in ethnic composition.

The meeting, which was chaired by President Olusegun Obasanjo, had in attendance Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, former President Shehu Shagari, former Heads of State, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar and governors.

Generals Muhammed Buhari and Ibrahim Babangida did not attend the meeting which lasted over four hours.

Three governors, namely Ahmed Makarfi (Kaduna), Olusegun Agagu (Ondo) briefed State House correspondents after the meeting.

Gov. Makarfi explained that the council also approved the terms of reference for the conference as well as its composition and time frame.

He further said that the duration of the conference was put at three months but this could be extended, if need be.

On the composition of representatives, he said “six persons will be elected from each state so that, as much as possible the ethnic composition from each state could be covered”.

He added that various interest groups like religious bodies, civil society, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and religious bodies, among others, would be included.

Gov. Markarfi also noted that participants would be nominated based on political parties, senatorial districts and religious groups with each state nominating its representatives.

The council also approved that ethnic and religious issues should be expunged from the questionnaire for the coming national population census.

The governor explained that this was to ensure promotion of national unity and harmony, stressing that it has been discovered that those who do not wish the country well have been cashing in the two factors to distract government attention because of their sensitive nature.

Another highlight was an advice to President Obasanjo to fill the vacancies in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and National Population Commission (NPC) based on Federal Character policy.

At the ethnic nationalities forum, Enahoro also suggested that the present revenue sharing formula be reviewed to increase derivation fund to 50 per cent as against 13 per cent in the existing formula even as he allayed fears that the conference would result in Nigeria’s break-up.

Chief Enahoro’s proposals were contained in a working document for delegates at a parley organised by the pro-national Conference Organisations holding at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja.

Specifically under a proposal submitted by the Movement for National Reformation (MNR) headed by Chief Enahoro, the identified 12 mono nationality groups in Nigeria should have 20 representatives each totalling 240 delegates while the six multiple nationality groups should elect 40 delegates bringing the number to 240 delegates.

The 12 mono-nationality groups are Ibibio, Igbo, Edo, Nupe, Gbagyi, Fulani, Ijaw, Urhobo, Yoruba, Tiv, Hausa and Kanuri. The six multiple nationality groups, however, would be drawn from Cross River and Akwa Ibom states, Rivers and Bayelsa states, Delta State, West Middle Belt, Central Middle Belt and East Middle Belt.

Besides, the MNR suggested that 144 delegates or 30 per cent of the 480 delegates should be women.

On the agenda for the proposed conference which is independent of the National Dialogue planned by the Federal Government, the working document stated that delegates would consider reducing the current 36 states structure to the old four regions, or the present six geo-political zones or 18 regions as proposed by the MNR.

Other items listed on the agenda include power sharing among all tiers of government and fiscal federalism, while decisions reached at the Conference would form draft constitution that would be ratified by Nigerians in a referendum.

Welcoming delegates to Lagos, Chief Enahoro said the meeting would work out modalities for convening what he described as a People’s National Conference and strategize on how to implement the major decisions reached.

“Although there are those who have posited that a National Conference might balkanise the country… that conference will result in a more cohesive Nigeria where indeed, every Nigerian ethnic group is comfortable and free from oppression imposed by a wrongly structured system,” he noted in a speech read by Mr. Edet Onoh on his behalf even though he was present at the meeting.

He noted that the meeting would not only build consensus among the organisations and form a National Conference Commission which would later convoke the conference with sovereign powers.

Personalities and organisations represented included Senator Ayo Fasanmi, Deputy National Leader of Afenifere, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti of the Citizens Forum, Prof. Jadesola Akande, former Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Dr. Frederick Fasehun and Mr. Gani Adams founder and leader of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Chief Sunny Uche Momah, President General Igbo Speaking Community Lagos.

Others are Chief (Mrs.) Remi Adiukwu Bakare, Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Middle Belt Forum, the Ijaw National Congress, the National Association of Nigerian Students, and the United Action for Democracy (UAD) among other organisations.

 

 

This Day

 

Enahoro, Akinrinade, Others Stage Mock Confab

 

By Ndubuisi Ugah, 01.13.2005

 

 

The conference, according to Pro-national Conference Organisation (PRONACO) is expected to restructure the federation and settle the issues of devolution of powers, fiscal federalism and democratic rights as enshrined in a new constitution that would guarantee peace and progress among all the people.
 

The activists also said the conference will strive to set up modalities that would culminate in the convocation of SNC, that would be acceptable to all Nigerians.
 

The organisers said the basis for setting up PRONACO was to look into the various issues bordering on the unity and progress of the country.
 

Those present at the mock-conference include the deputy leader of pan Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Fasanmi, Lt. General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), Dr. Beko Ransome-kuti, Prof. Jadesola Akande, factional President of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasheun, Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Remi Adiukwu-Bakare, representatives of civil society organisations as well as members of the diplomatic corps.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THISDAY checks revealed that the highlights of issues to be deliberated upon include justiciability of social constitutional provisions; parliamentary democracy versus executive presidency; free and deregistered political parties; proportional representation; women rights; federating units to pay tax to sustain the union government among others.

 

 

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One Response to “PRONACO Begins Mini-conference March 23”

  1. Oniso USA says:

    How come Mr Enahoro decided that the Urhobos who are less than one million should have a federation while bigger groups like Ikwerre, Ogoni, Igalla, Idoma, Andoni, Annang will be lump togethter with others. The Urhobos should either along with Isoko, Warri(Itsekiri/Izon), Ika, Ndokwa make up the Delta State minority group or be part of the Edo Federation. Instead there should be an Idoma/Igalla Federation in its place. We should not try any north-south balancing since those are the silly stuff we are trying to avoid; besides prior to 1966 the south had three regions while the north was one region. Mr Enahoro should either approach this issue with all sincerity or "go siddon" afterall he is part of the genesis of all these problems. ‘Abi he just wake up?’

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