WANGO,CISLAC,other CSOs begin consultations over National Conference



AttahlatestBy Danlami Nmodu

Some leaders of civil society organizations have initiated “contact and consultations” with their colleagues on the modalities for selection of nominees to the forthcoming national conference.Newsdiaryonline has received an email which was circulated Monday morning suggesting how the 24 slots allocated to civil society by the federal government should be shared among CSOs in the six geo-political zones.

Mohammed Bougei Attah, World Association of NGOs – Kaduna; George-Hill Anthony Niger,Delta Budget Monitoring Group, Port Harcourt; Auwal Musa Rafsanjani Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Abuja; Ayo Adebusoye ,Nigeria Network of NGOs, Lagos and Pstr Gabriel Odom,Agape Foundation for Literacy & Rural Dev; Abakiliki in a statement circulated by today said “Given the uncoordinated nature of CSOs in Nigeria and the deadline for the submission of delegates list by the 20th of February 2014, it has become necessary to initiate this contact and commence consultations with our colleagues across the country on the modalities for the selection in order to meet the above deadline, and to present common positions by the community of CSOs in Nigeria.

They suggested that “As a starting point, and as with the recommendation of Conference Committee, each zone of the country is expected to produce their delegates for equal representation and even distribution. To this end, we feel the 24 slots allocated to CSOs should be shared among the six geo-political zones of Nigeria with each zone producing four (4) delegates.

“By this notice, we invite comments and suggestions from our colleagues on this phenomenon and to suggest some of the key issues for discussion during the Confab. If the above proposal is accepted, we expect each zone to organize their meeting and select four (4) persons each and present the names and their position to the undersigned OR any agreed Coordinating Secretariat on or before Friday February 14, 2014 for coordination and onward transmission to the authority.”

Read below the statement emailed to Newsdiaryonline Monday morning:

CSO Nomination of Delegates to the National Confab

Dear All,

Following the recent release of guidelines for the nomination of delegate representatives to the upcoming National Dialogue, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have been allocated a total of twenty four (24) slots out of the 492 delegates expected at the confab.

Given the uncoordinated nature of CSOs in Nigeria and the deadline for the submission of delegates list by the 20th of February 2014, it has become necessary to initiate this contact and commence consultations with our colleagues across the country on the modalities for the selection in order to meet the above deadline, and to present common positions by the community of CSOs in Nigeria.

As a starting point, and as with the recommendation of Conference Committee, each zone of the country is expected to produce their delegates for equal representation and even distribution. To this end, we feel the 24 slots allocated to CSOs should be shared among the six geo-political zones of Nigeria with each zone producing four (4) delegates.

By this notice, we invite comments and suggestions from our colleagues on this phenomenon and to suggest some of the key issues for discussion during the Confab. If the above proposal is accepted, we expect each zone to organize their meeting and select four (4) persons each and present the names and their position to the undersigned OR any agreed Coordinating
Secretariat on or before Friday February 14, 2014 for coordination and onward transmission to the authority.

Thank you.

Mohammed Bougei Attah
World Association of NGOs – Kaduna
[email protected]

George-Hill Anthony
NigerDelta Budget Monitoring Group, Port Harcourt
[email protected]

Auwal Musa Rafsanjani
Civil Society Legislative Advocacy
Centre, Abuja
[email protected]

Ayo Adebusoye
NigeriaNetwork of NGOs, Lagos
[email protected]

Pstr Gabriel Odom
Agape Foundation for Literacy
& Rural Dev; Abakiliki
[email protected]


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