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Sambo: Conference Report will Be Used to Address Nigeria’s Problems



As the National Conference finally winds up
today with the submission of its report to
President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice-President
Namadi Sambo yesterday pledged that the
recommendations of the conference would be
used to address the nation’s problems.
The vice-president further described the just
concluded conference as the broadest in the
history of the country.
He spoke at the closing dinner of the
conference held at the National Judicial
Institute (NJI) in Abuja, stating that the federal
government was happy with the outcome of the
Though Sambo said the history of National
Conference started before the nation’s
independence, he however added that the
outgoing conference remains the broadest in
the history of the country.
“I’m confident that the recommendations will
be utilised to settle the nation’s problems.
“You stood for Nigeria and Nigeria will stand for
you,” he told the delegates.
The vice-president said the president had
asked him to thank the delegates for their job,
saying that President Jonathan would officially
receive the report of the conference today.
According to Sambo, the conference was
conceived in order to move the country
He disclosed that the members of the
conference were carefully chosen in order to do
a good job, saying the country was grateful to
He said the documents from the conference,
which he described as living ones, would help
in moving the country forward.
Sambo said the conference was called in a way
to chart a fresh course for the country, adding
that there was no alternative to dialogue.
He said the president would personally receive
the reports today.
The Chairman of the conference, Justice Idris
Kutigi, said he and the delegates were looking
ahead to what he described as a new Nigeria.
The chairman of the conference called on the
delegates not to rest until that time when a
new Nigeria would be made.
According to Kutigi, “To our distinguished
delegates as we collectively look forward to a
new Nigeria of our dreams, it is my wish and
hope that you would not relent in your efforts
at dispensing your good works of patriotism to
our dear nation whenever you are called upon
to do so.”
He said history would forever remain kind to
the delegates, adding that they remained
outstanding both in their deliberations and
contribution of ideas, which he said enabled
the conference to accomplish its mission.
Kutigi however regretted the death of four out
of the 492 delegates.
The delegates who died during the conference
were Mr. Hamma Misau, Dr. Mohammed
Jumare, a Prof. Dora Akunyili and Prof.
Mohammed Alkali. A minute silence was
observed in their honour at the event.
He poured encomium on the rest of the
delegates for their contributions.
Accordingly, he said: “Distinguished delegates,
it’s my belief that your personal conduct and
eloquent contributions in this national
assignment, added to the shrewd manner you
participated and generated thoughts through
debates and deliberations, will usher in a new
Nigeria of our dream.
“I wish to appreciate the contributions of my
colleagues in the management team for their
invaluable support for the success of the
The chairman also expressed his gratitude to
President Goodluck Jonathan and his deputy,
Namadi Sambo, for their support.
Speaking on behalf of the delegates, Chief
Edwin Clark, describ…continue reading on THIS DAY LIVE…

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