Jonathan Sets Up Advisory Committee On National Dialogue

jonathan-portraitPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday constituted an advisory committee to set up modalities for national dialogue or conference.

The President, who constituted the committee in his 53rd Independence Day’ national broadcast, said the committee would establish modalities for a national conference aimed at resolving issues that currently caused friction in the polity.

He said that the committee would have Dr. Femi Okurounmu as its Chairperson and Dr. Akilu Indabawa as Secretary.

The committee, according to the president, is expected to complete its assignment within one month.

“Fellow Nigerians, our administration has taken cognizance of suggestions over the years by well-meaning Nigerians on the need for a national dialogue on the future of our beloved country.

“When there are issues that constantly stoke tension and bring about friction, it makes perfect sense for the interested parties to come together to discuss.

“In demonstration of my avowed belief in the positive power of dialogue in charting the way forward, I have decided to set up an advisory committee whose mandate is to establish the modalities for a national dialogue or conference.

“The committee will also design a framework and come up with recommendations as to the form, structure and mechanism of the process.

“The full membership of the committee will be announced shortly.

“I expect its report to be ready in one month, following which the nation will be briefed on the nomenclature, structure and modalities of the dialogue,” he said. (NAN)