KUTIGI, AKINYEMI AND AZINGE TO PILOT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed former Chief Justice of the federation, Hon. Justice Idris Kutigi as chairman of the National Conference.
A former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi was appointed the Vice Chairman of the Conference while Dr. Valerie Azinge is to serve as secretary of the conference and therefore in charge of the Conference secretariat
Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, made this public in a statement, released in Abuja.
The national conference is scheduled to start on the 10th of march 2014 in Abuja.
Kutigi was the CJN from January 30, 2007 to December 30, 2009. He was born December 31, 1939.
He studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and the Gibson and Weldon College of Law, before returning to attend the Nigerian Law School in Lagos, Lagos State.
Kutigi served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Niger State before becoming a high court judge in 1976. He joined the Supreme Court in 1992 and served for 10 years before he was appointed Chief Justice.
Prof Akinyemi, attended the Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, from 1962 to 1964, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, US, 1964 to 1966, and Trinity College, Oxford University, England, from 1966 until 1969.
He was a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and at the Diplomacy Training Programme, University of Nairobi, Kenya, both in 1977.
Akinyemi was Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) from 1975 until 1983. He was appointed Minister of External Affairs by military head of state Ibrahim Babangida in 1985.
The secretary, Dr Azinge, is a 1980 Law graduate of the University of Jos and was called to the bar in 1981. She attended the London School of Economics for her master in Law in 1984 and obtained a doctorate in Law at the Ambrose Alli University, Edo State.
She is a constitutional lawyer who specializes in corporate law and human rights issues. She is a pioneer member of the board of the National Human Rights Commission.