by Ranti Joseph
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) formally approved for the full implementation of the recommendations contained in the 2014 National Conference Report.
The immediate past supervising Minister of Information, Edem Duke disclosed this on Wednesday to newsmen after the FEC meeting.
Duke who was joined by the Secretary to the government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim said the cabinet members welcomed the report and commended delegates to the conference for a job well done.
He said council also appealed to Nigerians to look at the document and follow up its implementation by government.
Anyim noted that the Council specifically approved the modalities for implementation of the report.
It would be recalled that the members of the National Conference did not only make recommendations but also set out modalities for the implementation of the report.
Anyim noted that the approval of the report by FEC was the first of concrete steps towards implementation of the Confab report, just as has been demanded and expected by Nigerians explaining that the modalities of implementation will include the Justice Minister compiling the recommendations of the report that require constitutional amendments and forwarding same to the National Assembly, which will in turn work with state assemblies to effect the implementation.
The recommendations that deal with just policy matters will be referred to the relevant Ministries and Departments of federal government as well as state and local governments for appropriate implementation.
Anyim dismissed insinuation that the timing of the FEC approval was politically motivation since the general elections are just about two weeks ago insisting that Jonathan has from day one been consistent in his resolve to implement the report, so the approval by FEC could not be regarded as a campaign gimmick or a result of pressure mounted on him.
“It is not an overnight thing but the journey has started. Certainly, there is no issue of pressure; he is keeping to his promise” he said.