Implement National Confab Findings, Jang Pleads

Jonah-Jang

The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, has said that the findings of the National dialogue, when concluded should be implemented and not abandoned like many findings from past conferences.

Jang said this when the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, paid him a courtesy call on Monday in Jos.

The committee, headed by Senator Femi Okurounmu, was recently inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan and has started wide consultations with stakeholders.

Jang, who leads a faction of the once powerful governors forum, lamented that Nigeria has had so many conferences whereby the results of such confabs were never implemented.

His words: “If conferences were a successful way of running a country, we would have been the best country in the world.

“Unfortunately, once such confabs are over we push it to the archives without ever implementing them,” he said.

He said that national dialogue was very timely; however, the results from it “must” be implemented this time around”.

Jang appealed that, as we dialogue, Nigerians must first embrace each other and do away with their various differences.

He said that the conference would help solve some of the disagreements we have.

The governor further said that for a balanced federation, the disparity in revenue sharing must be addressed so that all states could be fully developed.

“We need more monies in the states than in the federal government, because the people are here and we need to develop the people,” he said.

He said that the National Assembly shouldn’t feel threatened, but they should accept whatever the people want.

“If they are the true representatives of the people, the National Assembly shouldn’t have the final say on the result of this dialogue but the people,” he stated.

He prayed that the committee would undertake the task appropriately.

The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Okurounmu, told the governor that the committee’s mission was to consult widely with the people.

He urged that people should be free to air their views to the committee.

“Nigerians should be free to discuss any issue as there are no restrictions on what can be discussed,” he said.