The new 112-bed wing, which will cost 700,000 pounds (973,000 dollars) and be compliant with UN standards, will make it easier for Britain to comply with a prisoner transfer agreement it signed with Nigeria in 2014.
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The Conference, chaired by eminent jurist, Justice Idris Kutigi, made far reaching decisions.
President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the composition of a Presidential Committee to study and draw up the Implementation Strategy for the 2014 National Conference.
Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has called on the Federal Government and the National Assembly to begin the implementation of the report of the just concluded National Conference.
In an amendment to the proposed National Intervention Fund, the South East delegates said the former Eastern Region and part of the former Mid-West region, which are now in the South-East and South-South zones, were centres of war, with high level of devastation that brought untold hardship to their citizens
The Conference Chairman and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi, said the next plenary session would be on August 4, 2014 when delegates would reassemble to consider and approve the final reports of the Conference for presentation to the Federal Government
Daman, in a statement on Monday in Jos, berated the delegates from Plateau State for not doing much to protect the interest of the state while others were lobbying for the creation of new states from their home states and zones
Speaking on the position of the Consensus Group, the Chairman of Conference, retired Justice Idris Kutigi, said President Jonathan should set up technical committee to decide on the appropriate percentage for oil producing states and areas destroyed by insurgency in the country
The IYC also condemned the proposal to allocate five per cent of the country’s resources to the Northern states affected by the Boko Haram insurgency
Members of the Consensus Committee derived from the six geopolitical zones to find a middle ground to the contentious issue of derivation formula could not reach an agreement on the resolution to be presented to the plenary
Earlier, the leadership of the Conference had made a provision for five ballot boxes as a way of resolving the contentious issue through voting
The report was adopted on Wednesday in Abuja after the presentation of the consensus reached by a committee set up to deliberate on the contentious issue of Land Use Act
The issue, which had divided the Conference along the Northern and Southern lines, could not be resolved amicably on Monday and Tuesday
Issues arising from the report generated combative debate since Monday when the co-chairmen of the Committee, Obong Victor Attah and Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie, presented the 41-page report to the Conference in session
The meeting is schedule for Tuesday night in Abuja.
General Ike Nwachukwu (rtd) informed delegates that zonal leaders met on Monday night in order to resolve the issue of derivation through consensus but the leaders were unable to conclude on the issue
Kutigi said the confab secretariat is just getting ready for “any eventuality, but we hope will reach consensus on everything”
The slim-volume submission, loaded with serious issues, focused principally on devolving power from the centre to the federating units and the issue of resources
This was disclosed on Monday while the delegates were speaking on the report of the Conference Committee on Power Devolution
Tapgun, a member of National Conference from Plateau State, said this while reacting to questions from journalists on the recent agitation from the confab on the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commissions and other contending issues
The plot was said to have arisen because of the far-reaching decisions of the National Conference meant to address longstanding issues of geopolitical inequities that were passed, particularly the unanimous decision of the conferees to demand creation of additional states in the South East to bring the zone at par with other geopolitical entities in the federation