The National Conference on Thursday ended its plenary with the announcement that the 20 standing committees constituted on Wednesday, are expected to commence work on Tuesday next week, after the Easter break.
Chairman of the conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, informed delegates that 10 of the 20 committees will hold their sessions at the National Judicial Institute while the remaining 10 will sit at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers.
The committees and their responsibilities are as follows:
Committee on Devolution of Power: Will focus on fiscal federalism; revenue sharing; resource control; sharing formula and any other related matters.
Committee on Political Restructuring and Forms of Government: Federalism; Regionalism; State Creation; Geo-political zones; Forms and Content of Government; Presidential; Parliamentary; Legislature; Bicameral; Unicameral Legislature (Part-time/Full-time) and Local Government Administration.
Committee on National Security: Armed Forces;
Civilian oversight of the security sector; Review of the Armed Forces Act; the Police; Reform of the Customs Service; Road Safety Corps; Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism; Armed Robbery; Kidnapping; Small Arms Proliferation Communal Violence; Election Violence; Illegal oil theft and smuggling; Sea piracy; Organised/Trans-National Crime; Money Laundering; Human Trafficking; Drug Trafficking; Terrorism Financing; Cyber Crime; and any other related matters.
Committee on Environment Meteorology and Climate Change: Its functions cover Illegal Mining Activities; Pollution; Gas flaring; Protection of Biodiversity; Afforestation and Reforestation; Flooding/Gully Erosion; Environmental Degradation; Oil Spillage and Desertification; Drought; Waste management/Disposal; Hazardous/Toxic Waste; Bush burning; Natural Disaster.
Committee on Politics and Governance: Its scope of work covers Immunity clause; Good governance and democratization; Deepening democracy, democratic culture and orientation; Mechanisms for a more inclusive participatory democracy; National Ethics; Minority rights/ ethnic nationalities Corruption; Anti Corruption Agencies; Corruption and national development
Constitutional Amendment; Freedom of Information; Role of traditional rulers.
Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights, Legal Reform, Law and Order: It will cover the Judiciary; Review of judicial institutions; Increase in the number of Supreme Court Justices; Increase in the number of divisions of the Court of Appeal; Technology in administration of Justice; Professional development of Judicial Officers; Sharia and customary legal systems; Delays in administration of justice; Independence of the judiciary; and Funding of the Judiciary; Appointment of Judicial Officers; Access to justice; Alternative Justice – ADR, Mediation, Conciliation; Specialized Courts/ tribunals; Condition of service of judicial officers; Prison reforms; Rehabilitation; Reformation; Reintegration Sentencing and death penalty; Justiciability of the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy; Chapter 2 of the Constitution Jurisdiction of Industrial Court
Committee on Social Sector: Will focus on Health; Universal Health Care Coverage; Primary Healthcare; Investment in health; Emphasis on Preventive Health; Education,
Restructuring of the curriculum; Investment in education; and National education policy; Return of missionary and private schools to original owners; Nomadic education; Institutionalizing Almajiri education system; Housing; Affordable Housing; Social Security; Rights of senior citizens; Unemployed Nigerians; Pensions and Gratuity; Insurance; P