NATIONAL CONFAB 2014 RESOLUTIONS
Below are some resolutions of the 2014 National Conference affecting Abuja.
1. FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY
The Decree No.6 of 4th February, 1976 created the Federal Capital Territory.
The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), in Chapter VIII also provides for the creation and existence of the Federal Capital Territory, its boundaries and ownership of all lands comprised in the Federal Capital Territory. Sections 297-304 provide for the application of the Constitution to the Federal Capital Territory representation at the National Assembly; a minister for the Federal Capital Territory Abuja; its administration and establishment of the Judicial Service Committee of the Federal Capital Territory.
Predicated on the strong representation from the original inhabitants and indigenous people of the Federal Capital Territory on the issue of political inclusion, Conference decided as follows:
(a) There should be an elected mayor for the inner nucleus of about 2000 sq.km of the Federal Capital Territory;
(b) There should be a ministerial slot for the Federal Capital Territory at the Federal cabinet;
(c) There should be an increase in the number of Federal Constituencies from the present number of two (2) to four (4);
(d) There should be an increase in the number of Area Councils from six (6) to eight (8); and
(e) Payment of the outstanding compensations due to the indigenes of the Federal Capital Territory be made by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
2.0 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION, DEVELOPMENT AND
1. Conference noted that the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (1986 & 2012) captured the need for an appropriate curriculum for Science and Technology. Similarly, the National Policy on Education (2013) highlighted
Basic Science and Technology training at all levels of education. However, the curriculum needs to be translated into practice. As stated earlier, “Curriculum is a systematic and intended packaging of competencies (i.e. knowledge, skills and attitudes that are underpinned by values) that learners should acquire through organized learning experiences both in formal and non-formal settings(UNESCO year). In particular, Conference recommends that Government should:
a) Establish standards and policy for S &T education, and Quality Assurance units all over the country for monitoring the progress;
b) Popularize ST&I through regular technology workshops, fairs,exhibition, S&T clubs and mass media (firms, newspapers, radio,television, Internet, etc);
c) Utilize as much as possible Nigerian STE&I personnel and institutions for services and supplement if necessary, with foreigners;
d) Accelerate the establishment or strengthening of STE&I Ministries at the state that have not yet done so;
e) Pursue the further development and use of local languages for the transfer of ST&I knowledge to the formal and informal sectors of the economy;
f) Ensure a sound ST&I foundation especially at the early level of educational structure through:
i Entrenchment of S&T teaching in the primary school curriculum;
ii. Provision of adequate teaching laboratory aids;
iii. Provision of well-trained and well-motivated teachers;
iv. Introduction of gainful practical activities such as model
making; hand craft, gardening and farming; and
v. Women should be encouraged to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
g) Strictly enforce government policies on placement in tertiary institutions with regards to 60: 40 in conventional universities and 70:30 in polytechnics; 80: 20 in universities of technology in favour of Science;
h) Initiate and support continuing education programmes aimed at specific training for top level Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation (STE&I) practising teachers, engineers and technologists;
i) Establish Science and Technology Colleges in each local government area of the country as a means of giving practical training in different craftsmanship towards efficiency and self-employment;
j) Enforce the payment of Science & technology allowance to teachers;
k) Adult education should include, in addition to learning how to read and write, exposure to basic Science and Technology in their areas of endeavour;
l) Develop science clubs in schools;
m) Ensure compulsory computer education and provision of science equipment at primary education level in all school;
n) Platforms for science education, development and capacity building should be created by Government for private organisations for instance banks to invest in as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR);and
o. Government should enhance broadband (high speed internet) access. Priority should be given to all schools in the deployment of broadband.
3. AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE
Conference decided that:
Government should review the present airport ownership structure through: viable PPPs that can integrate the international and domestic terminals, refurbishment of existing runways and construction of new ones where necessary like the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) Abuja, improvement of Navigation and Landing aids, and install runway lighting at 18l in Lagos, Akanu Ibiam Airport Enugu and Port Harcourt International Airports.
4. THE BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY
Conference observed that the Boko Haram insurgency, with links to global terrorism, has claimed many lives; led to the abduction of children and young women, destroyed millions of naira worth of property; destroyed infrastructure and crippled economic life in the North East. With the insurgency has come the forced migration of communities in Borno State to other states and neighbouring countries. What the Conference also found most alarming were indications that Boko Haram may be connected with notorious global terrorist actors, especially al Qaeda, Al Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghrib (AQIM) thus internationalizing the conflict.
Consequently, Conference decided that:
i. Government should set up a National Counter-Terrorism Architecture (NCTA) to undertake the following functions:
Harmonize national counter-terrorism efforts and provide the platform for foreign assistance;
Interface between Nigeria and the African Union (AU) countries especially contiguous states such as Niger, Chad, Cameroun, and the African Centre for the study and Research on Terrorism; and
Engage the Services of well-trained counter terrorism operatives to work within the established in-country infrastructure.
ii. The Federal Government should set aside a Special Fund to rehabilitate and reconstruct all States, including the FCT (Abuja), which have suffered devastating attacks by the Boko Haram.