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Key resolutions of The National Confab 2014

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– 1. Qualification to Contest For President

Anybody aspiring to become the country’s President must be a degree holder.

– 2. Rotation of Presidency

Rotation of Presidency between the North and South and governorship among the three senatorial districts of each state.

– 3. Decamping (Cross-Carpeting)

Any elected official, executive or legislative, who carpet-cross, regardless of the reasons for such, shall automatically forfeit his seat.

– 4. Mineral Exploration

Excess revenue should be used for exploration of mineral resources in every part of the country.

– 5. Acting President

Where the President dies in office or incapacitated, impeached or where he resigns, the Vice President shall operate in acting capacity for a period of 90 days during which an election to the same office would be conducted.

– 6. Rotation of the Presidency

When a president leaves under any of the circumstances stated above, another president would be elected from the same zone where the previous one came from.

– 7. Open Grazing

Cattle routes and grazing reserves be phased out to lay emphasis on ranching.

– 8. New State For South East

There shall be created an additional state for the South-East Zone to make the zone have equal number of states with the other zones except the North West which has seven.

– 9. The States For The Regions

Creation of another 18 new states (three per geo-political zone, this means SE will now have 4).

– 10. Fiscal Sharing Formula

The sharing of the funds to the Federation Account among the three tiers of government should be done in the following manner: Federal Government – 42.5%, State Governments – 35% and Local Governments 22.5% as opposed to the prevailing 52.68 %, 26.72% and 20.60% respectively.

– 11. Form of Government

Modified Presidential System, a home-made model of government that effectively combines the presidential and parliamentary systems of government. The president shall pick the vice president from the Legislature.

– 12. Appointment of Ministers

The President should select not more than 18 ministers from the six geo -political zones and not more than 30% of his ministers from outside the Legislature. Reduce Cost of governance by pruning the number of political appointees and using staff of ministries where necessary.

– 13. Legislature

The legislature should remain Bi-cameral but all elected members of the legislative arms of all the tiers of government should serve on part-time basis.

– 14. Local Government Autonomy

Local Government will no longer be the third tier of government. The federal and states are now to be the only tiers of government. States can now create as many local governments as they want.

The Joint State/Local Government Account be scrapped and in its place the establishment of a State RMAFC with representatives of LG and a Chairman nominated by the Governor.

The Constitution should fix the tenure for Local Government Councils at three years. Conference recommends the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commission, SIECs.

– 15. Immunity

The immunity clause should be removed if the offences attract criminal charges to encourage accountability by those managing the economy.

– 16. Independent Candidacy

Every Nigerian who meets the specified condition in the Electoral Act should be free to contest elections as an independent candidate.

– 17. Anti-corruption

Anybody arraigned before the court by EFCC, ICPC and by any law enforcement agencies, the accused person will be regarded as guilty, unlike the present situation where he is innocent until proven guilty.

Plus, complete abolition of the concept of plea bargain by the Federal government

– 18. State Police

States who want it should have it.

– 19. National Anthem

The old National Anthem should be re-introduced

– 20. Religion Taxes and Pilgrimages

Religious institutions to pay tax, abolition of pilgrimage sponsorship

– 21. Mission Schools

Public schools taken over by various state governments across the country forty two years ago would henceforth be returned to the religious missions which were the original owners.

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