National Conference:CSOs release nomination guidelines



AttahlatestCivil Society activists have intensified efforts toward picking nominees to the forthcoming National Conference.Newsdiaryonline has learnt that Mohammed B.Attah of WANGO who has been acting in concert with other stakeholders in the civil society has sent out suggested guidelines to his colleagues.

In the email, Attah said “In keeping with the discussions I had with each and every one of you, I am summarizing below our final consideration to guide the nomination process. As observed, the zonal meetings will take place as follows: South East – Tuesday11th February 2014 – Abakaliki; North East – Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Gombe;North West – Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Kaduna + Online; South-South -Thursday 13th February 2014 – Port Harcourt;South West – Thursday 13th February 2014 – Lagos and North Central-to be decided this week

He said “With the above in mind and the deadline for submission of nominations and reports on Friday February 14th, it will be helpful for us to review the following guidelines as discussed. We hope to get North Central Coordinator’s response soonest.

Attah noted that “ In view of the general rejection of the proposal to allocate 3 slots to each zone and Abuja with 6 slots, the final option is to consider the first suggestion of four (4) nominees by zone.
“That any person so nominated should be a member of a national NGO with CAC registration and an active member of a national network.
“That such CSO representative to be nominated should ideally have had some experience in presenting views or papers on constitutional matter or national discourse.
“ That details of each nominee – contact address, telephone number(s) and email address be sent for verification, further contact and submission

Read the mail below:

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for( sustaining ) the tempo of the nomination for the upcoming National Confab and the challenge of representing the CSO community in Nigeria. Indeed, we should be consoled by the overwhelming acceptance of our coordinating team. Let me urge you not to relent as the role we are performing should be seen as national assignment with patriotism rather than selfish interest.

In keeping with the discussions I had with each and every one of you, I am summarizing below our final consideration to guide the nomination process. As observed, the zonal meetings will take place as follows:

a. South East – Tuesday11th February 2014 – Abakaliki
b. North East – Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Gombe
c. North West – Wednesday 12th February 2014 – Kaduna + Online
d. South-South – Thursday 13th February 2014 – Port Harcourt
e. South West – Thursday 13th February 2014 – Lagos
f. North Central- To be decided this week

With the above in mind and the deadline for submission of nominations and reports on Friday February 14th, it will be helpful for us to review the following guidelines as discussed. We hope to get North Central Coordinator’s response soonest.

1. In view of the general rejection of the proposal to allocate 3 slots to each zone and Abuja with 6 slots, the final option is to consider the first suggestion of four (4) nominees by zone.
2. That any person so nominated should be a member of a national NGO with CAC registration and an active member of a national network.
3. That such CSO representative to be nominated should ideally have had some experience in presenting views or papers on constitutional matter or national discourse.
4. That details of each nominee – contact address, telephone number(s) and email address be sent for verification, further contact and submission
5. That every zone is to send a summary report of the nomination process and issues agreed upon
6. That final list of nominees to be advertised as coordinated by the zonal representatives

As mentioned earlier, the above issues are summary of our discussion. Should have any concern on any of the issues or other grey areas, please share with everyone one (only) copied here.

Thank you.

Mohammed Attah
North West

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