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Nominees arrive Abuja for national confab

17 March 2014, 14:47

Abuja - Some nominees to the National Conference arrived in Abuja on Sunday and commenced accreditation for the confab scheduled to be inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday.

Former Acting Governor Virgy Etiaba of Anambra said that she was satisfaction with the accreditation process, describing it as "smooth".

Etiaba said in spite of some misgivings, Nigerians should give the different groups expected at the conference a chance to discuss their grievances and fashion out acceptable solutions to the country’s many challenges.

"We’ve gone through the first 100 years as a country and for those 100 years, we were just moving with the pace of the colonial masters and the agenda they set for us.

"This conference is a way to have Nigerians come out from their nooks and crannies to decide our fate and future; people should come and air their grievances’’, she said.

She appealed to Nigerians to pray for the success of the conference and for its outcome to bring peace back to all parts of the country.

Nnamdi Areobana, a nominee of the Senators’ Forum to the conference, commended the security personnel at the venue.

Areobana, however, called for the deployment of more security personnel in view of the number and calibre of delegates expected at the conference.

"The accreditation is going on peacefully and very well, I like what is happening now but I’m afraid that there might be need for more logistics by Monday when more people will come.’’

Former Chief Judge of Taraba, Justice Adamu Aliyu, said he foresaw a better Nigeria through the conference.

"I foresee a better Nigeria because we are all converging here to dialogue so that all our differences will be sorted out.

"Even in a family, if there is any problem, we sit down and talk and I’m assuring you, we are going to get the best out of this conference’’, Aliyu said.

Security personnel have been strategically positioned inside and around the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Abuja, venue of the conference.

Officers and men of the FRSC and NEMA were also on ground with their ambulances to coordinate vehicular movements inside and around the venue and to ensure rapid response to emergency.

Deputy Corps Commander, Wobin Gora, of the FRSC operations at the venue, said 50 officers and 200 marshals had so far been deployed to the venue.

Gora said patrol vehicles, towing trucks and bikes had been deployed to ensure a hitch-free conference.

Nkechi Mba, President of the National Council of Women Society (NCWS) expressed confidence that the conference would bring about the empowerment of women in the country.

She said women empowerment, full implementation of the affirmative action and law against discrimination of women, would be presented at the conference.

"We have been asking the National Assembly to pass the Bills so that the 35 per cent affirmative action becomes law.

"I hope with this conference, women will speak with one voice, Nigeria will be united and there will be peace in the country.

"With these few issue that we are presenting, the women are very confident that through this National Conference, we will be heard,’’ she said.

She expressed optimism that the conference would bring about unity, peace and development in the country.

According to her, the conference is an opportunity for the different groups and zones to air their views and express their grievances for the unity of the country.

 - NAN

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