EKET – Stakeholders in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Saturday commended the modalities for the conduct of the National Conference scheduled to last for three months.
The people made the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket.
The stakeholders described the modalities for the conference as a step in a right direction.
The Federal Government had approved 492 delegates to participate in the proposed national conference in the country.
Mr James Moses, a public analyst, said that the modalities for the conduct of the conference would help strengthen national unity and progress.
Moses expressed optimism that the modalities adopted by the Federal Government would enable the conference to succeed.
He said that the nomination of delegates by the President would not affect the independence of the conference.
He appealed to Nigerians to cooperate with the federal government to enable it to achieve its objectives.
Mr Effiong Inyang, a civil servant, however, urged the federal government not to interfere with the proceedings of the conference.
He advised those that would be nominated to focus on the wellbeing of Nigerians.
Mr Samson James, a retired public servant, also enjoined Nigerians to shun unhealthy criticism and support government in its efforts to address the problems confronting the country.
He further appealed to government to remain focused as it was preparing to conduct the conference.
Chief Ekemini Udo-nna commended the conference committee for highlighting the modalities for holding the national conference.
Udo-nna, however, observed that there was exclusion of some religions in the process and appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to include traditional religion in the discussion.
“I want to observe that there is some exclusion of traditional religion which has been before any other religion.
“Traditional religion should be included in the discussion. I plead with Mr President to please include traditional religion in this discussion because Nigeria is a multi religious nation,’’ he said. (NAN)