ABUJA — AHEAD of August 11 resumption date, the leadership of the National Conference disclosed, yesterday, that the final report made up of four volumes was ready and was being reproduced for the delegates.
Disclosing this to Vanguard, yesterday, through SMS, the Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications, James Akpandem, who noted that the report was already being reproduced to meet the required number of the delegates, however expressed hope that the required copies would be ready before plenary resumes, Monday, August 11.
According to him, copies of the report would not be given out to delegates ahead of the date slated for resumption, but each delegate will only be given copies on resumption.
He added that after collecting the reports, delegates would then be expected to study the report in two days ahead of the final discussion.
When Vanguard asked if the report was ready, Akpandem said: “Yes, we are set. The report is ready and is being reproduced, the volumes are currently being reproduced for delegates.
“We have at least four volumes including the full report, the draft bills, the resolutions and appendices, among others; and they are quite voluminous.
“It is hoped that before the scheduled date, the required number in the produced volumes will be available.
The Conference was forced to adjourn abruptly on July 14 when delegates could not agree on revenue allocation following a very sharp division between the North and the Southern delegates.
Plenary was adjourned to August 4, but because the report was not ready, the secretariat then announced a new date of Monday, August 11.
The plenary session, it will be recalled came to a close July 14 without any agreement on the controversial issue of resource control and proposed intervention fund for states currently facing destruction by members of Boko Haram sect and other insurgents.
Specifically, conference formally adopted the report of the Committee on Devolution of Power, but without conclusive decision on the vital issue of derivation principle and what percentage should be paid mineral producing areas.