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The Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, has suggested that the proposed National Conference by the federal government should have a maximum of 910 delegates.
He also said the selection of the delegates should be grassroot-based.
Aliyu stated this when the Senator Femi Okurounmun-led Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC) on the National Conference paid him a courtesy visit in Minna Wednesday.
According to him, each of the local government areas in the country should have a representative each, making the number 774 delegates from the local government areas.
The governor suggested that 100 delegates should be selected from special interest groups, while each state should select a traditional ruler to represent the traditional institutions in the state.
Aliyu said: "We should use the institutions on ground to select the delegates. We have to use the local government as a basis for the selection of delegates for the national dialogue.
"I suggest that 774 delegates should be elected from the local government areas in the country, 100 delegates from special interest groups and 36 from traditional institutions in the 36 states in Nigeria."
The governor reiterated his stand that the referendum of the conference should be presented to the National Assembly to be deliberated upon.
"As long as the National Assembly is on the ground, the decision reached by delegates of the national conference must be taken into the National Assembly for framing into the constitution," Aliyu said.
Earlier, Okurounmun said they were in the state to consult and have the input of the governor on the conference and meet with the various stakeholders to have their inputs.
He said the committee was trying its best to incorporate the views of all Nigerians so that no issue that affects the people are left behind.
During the stakeholders meeting, most of the participants who spoke, suggested that various ethnic groups should be represented while the National Assembly should be given the referendum for final deliberation.
Most of the speakers also suggested that the time frame for the conference should be between three to six months.