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The 2014 National Conference: 10 Things You Should Know



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Hey Bella Naijarians! By now, you have probably heard about the National Conference currently being held in Nigeria to address and find solutions to Nigeria’s most pressing challenges.

If you haven’t heard about it, no worries! We’ve got all the key facts to bring you up to speed. Here are 10 key things you should know about the National Conference:

1. Organized by the present government, the National Conference was convened to serve as a forum for discussing and resolving Nigeria’s constitutional challenges.

2. There are 492 delegates at the Conference, made up of the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, political representatives, professional groups, civil society groups, among others.

3. Delegates from Nigerians in Diaspora based in regions including America, Europe, and the Middle East, will also take part in the conference.

4. It is rumoured that each delegate was paid N4 million for accommodation/feeding allowances

5. It is taking place in Abuja.

6. The Conference will last for three months (It commenced on March 17th, 2014).

7. The Conference is being chaired by retired Justice Idris Kutigi.

8. Nominations of all delegates were conducted by stakeholders in each of the groups being represented.

9. Many Nigerians have questioned the relevance of Conference, including ex- Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu.

10. The National Conference will include memoranda from the public – meaning that issues raised by the public will also be addressed at the proceedings.

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  1. dma

    March 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    If anyone thinks that the national conference is going to yield any positive results that person needs to wake up from his/her slumber. This is Nigeria we are talking about we don’t need a national conference to discuss Nigeria’s problems. The biggest evil in Nigeria is corruption and that is what we need a conference on this mess is just a waste of public money. Talk of Adults behaving badly!

  2. juju

    March 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    mscheeeeeew!, stop talking ans start doing! dz is not what wld put food on an average nigerian table! rubbish

  3. Joan85

    March 27, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    90 days (3 months) X 492 delegates X N4million each??? Jesus needs to take the wheel in Nigeria smh…

  4. Aa

    March 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    each delegate was paid 4M and 65% of the delegates go there to sleep like they were paid to sleep. why would a normal human being ever think that a gathering and waste of resources like the national conference will bring any good to this country. I wont stop praying for this country

  5. @edDREAMZ

    March 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    All i just read is a way of stealing more money and that four million they wrote down there is a big lie, i no it will be moe than that abeg…… Ok like seriously, conference about what…. Na them sabi shah……

  6. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I have questions. What the hell do Senators and National Reps of the House of Assembly? Because the last I checked, their presence in both houses means that a regular national conference holds during each meeting, for “discussing and resolving Nigeria’s constitutional challenges”.

    Plus, how many panels/committees have been set up in the past, addressing similar issues? Where are the results from those panels, what was done with them?

    Why not just have a National Referendum and poll the public on those constitutional issues which Nigerian citizens need to give their verdict on?

    What was the criteria for choosing delegates? Do these people truly represent all the diverse interests of the 160million of us who are the main beneficiaries? Are they exactly who Nigerians want to be making vital decisions on our constitution?

    Why is this conference necessary, if somebody somewhere hasn’t engineered this new excuse to divert a certain amount of billions from the budget (N4 million X 492 delegates, plus the collateral expenses and a huge chunk of the allocated funds which will never be accounted for… do the math)? All I have are questions about Nigeria being on the path to nowhere.

    • Ready

      March 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      I disagree with #8. The National Association of Nigerian Students and National Youth Council of Nigeria were given 6 slots each, then other youth groups were given 6 slots as well. Firstly, how many university students can NANS and NYCN confidently say that they have? They’re definitely not representative of Nigerian youth, and it’s disgusting that those people all accepted the 4 million Naira per month. Especially those who have homes and cars in Abuja…particularly those senators and other recycled political figures.
      The president and federal government had the power to choose at least 180 delegates; how is that representative? Despite the 5% of LG revenue that is paid to traditional rulers, they still went over there to sit and are collecting N4m as well. So much was wrong with the inception of this conference, and the first was the decision to go ahead with it despite the 2014 budget not being passed yet. The second was monetizing every cost instead of getting them hotels.
      There are pictures floating online of the delegates dozing off during panel meetings. These people already threatened to ban “unfavorable” media who post offensive things about them. Of course they’ve gotten the golden ticket and have become the leaders they criticize. And why won’ t they sleep? Their mates are in old people’s homes taking naps. Nothing good will come out of this conference, and the money dedicated to it will just be a waste. At least 492 people and their dependents will be happy.

    • jcsgrl

      March 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Dont waste your data…they must chop some money *in psquare voice.

    • ivie

      March 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      You mirrored my thoughts exactly! I won’t stop praying for my Country! Hi dear..warm regards 🙂

  7. signature

    March 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Kmt! I dnt knw why wen all diz politicians sit down together their first impulse is to lie to each other and den to Nigerians…diz tym dey hav managed to convince dem selves dat dis national conference is necessary….abeg which one of dem here did dey give birth to yesterday, who b learner der?? We r all aware of wat nigeria’s issues are thank u very much, so wat y’all need to do is go wash d dirty laundry, n not gather to discuss how dirty it is, afterall u made it dirty!

  8. Tinu

    March 27, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    They were paid N4million yet I read reports that some delegates have been complaining that the food provided daily has not been enough to feed them all. When will greed end with our people? You have an allowance of N4million yet you want food provided for you? That there is the problem with this country and the conference set up to address these issues is full of delegates that are themselves the problem. I fail to understand why the conference organisers included food as part of the package, when they are paying them N4million. Ugh! I give up.

  9. ..just saying

    March 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    It’s important to note that it is N4 million per month.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm


    • Tinu

      March 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Can you just imagine that? And there are 492 of them o. Chai, na wa o! 492 x N4m = N1.968bn x 3months = N5.904bn!!!! Nearly N6bn for them to sit there wasting time and sleeping. Jesus please take the wheel o. Where will this country end up?

  10. Luqman

    March 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    What did we achieve in Oputa Panel? only God knows when we are going to get it right. The other day that GEJ nominated Ribadu on misappropriate of funds in NNPC, what was the outcome? was it not the same NNPC that could not account for missing $20b that needed an outsider to audit their accounts?
    Make we dey fool ourselves on top of nothing! another #7b naira for sleeping delegates.

    Make we sidon dey look! everything that goes up will definitely come down

  11. O~Intuition!

    March 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Other Things You Should Know (Sub-Numbers/Sections)

    4(a): Allegedly, the Delegates still want (more) remunerations for their aides. They claim the N4Million is not adequate. Keep in View this N4Million per moth will pay for 222 Civil Servants (given that the minimum wages for these civil servants is (N18,000)
    4(b) : Most of these delegates live within the proximity of the Venue. So This rumoured money should be enough if they are patriotic . Also, keep in vie the opportunity cost for attending the conference. But remember they accepted the “request”

    9 (a) Some Nigerians fear it does not end up as another National Cake Conference


  12. Sumbi O

    March 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Sad much…..what a wasteful country

  13. sabi

    March 27, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    oputa panel is a reference point and nothing came out of it am sick am tired of the high level of corruption we have in this country what a shame

  14. sabi

    March 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    na wa ooo

  15. Kalu Chidi Samuel

    March 28, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Seriously? Am I the only person that sees another conference of “not paid” angry youths? If this continues, it will consequentially result into another conference of problem-stating youths instead of the problem-solving youths. The question remains; what can we do? In reality, those papas nd mamas we complain about today,were once youths and are very much aware of the actual problems of the state. They know what they doing. So I ask; what can we do? How do we go about it? What do we need? Should we continue to wait for a change? Or we profer solutions and take it up ourselves to effect a change! I strongly believe in the will of my fellow Nigerian youths. I am ready!

  16. NNENNE

    March 28, 2014 at 3:02 am

    what was the criteria for selecting the delegates?

  17. paloma

    March 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm


  18. Gozieson

    March 29, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    What’s the essence of this national conference in the first place? Is it to squander the public resources or what?

  19. aminu ibrahim

    March 29, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    To me this is not a national conference, rather is an arena of the nigerian corrupt people in order to promote corruption and thier personal demand.

  20. nanpon

    March 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Nigeria and Nigerians needs Local Government Autonomy. we will know who these delegates represent by their contributions and resolution on this mater of poblic interest.

  21. Abubakar

    April 8, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Dis is just anoda national coruption in nigeria…nonsense leaders..GOD

  22. Joseph

    April 9, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    It is a pity some people on this site do not understand the essence of a National Conference.
    The need for National Conference is a recognition of the fact that serious problems do exist and we need a platform to address these problems, to find feasible solutions, to negotiate for a new Nigeria. That’s the first step.

    Instead of pulling resources together, brain-storming on finding solutions, contributing useful suggestions and constructive ideas, most of us here occupy ourselves with armchair criticism and counter-productive negativity. We are more disturbed by N4 million for accommodation/feeding allowances to delegates than by the hefty socio-political cost of possible disintegration. What is 4, 8, 12 even 100 million naira when a nation is in jeopardy and the future of 160 million people at stake?

    For those of you who have constructive ideas, here is the website of the National Conference 2014

    Other useful links:

    Petition your local reps, send your worries and ideas to them, voice your opinions. Don’t stand aloof, get involved.

    May God bless you all.

    Dr. Joseph Ogunbiyi
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  23. save nigeria or God

    April 10, 2014 at 12:52 am

    sometimes it amaze me dat we youth of now are days hv no d truth about all dis fake politains but yet some of yrs still fight and die for dem becos dey give just pinut to take care of yr self for a while felling to do what dey promise to do when dey win,to tell u the truth if u ask me, the youth are to be blame in all dis,and we will never get it right accept we start standing on our feet and play dem d game back,by taking dere money and voteing for d right person i tell u dis my brothers and sisters things will never change becos dis socall politains are ready to die for dis thing call power in nigeria,i think it s high time we let dem no dat enough s enough

  24. p man

    April 18, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    No matter d down trend of nigeria’s Economy,I stil belif dia is a God in Nigeria.He dat seated upstairs is aware of d corruption,crisis n d decay in our day He shal arise n declared ‘PEACE BE STILL’.frendz let’s do more of prayer 4 our country dan complaining n castigating. Join me 2 a.m 2nyte let’s pray 4 NIGERIA.

  25. innocentt

    July 20, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    4mil per month????? the only reason i’m sad about this conference is because i’m not on the payroll. These pot bellied politicians will continue to lie, cheat, exploit and extort without giving any consideration to the well-being of the masses after-all life is Every man for long as i get what’s rightfully mine (which is reward for my efforts) i’ll move on….so stop complaining people we are survivors.

  26. Abbey

    August 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Chai der is god oooo nigeria we luv lieing and there is 2much corruption god na only u can save us ooo

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