John Austin Unachukwu- The Nation Newspaper
A SENIOR Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and renowed author Sebastine Hon has urged the Federal Government to implement the various reports produced at National Conferences.
He said most of the problems facing the country would be solved if the reports of confabs organisd since independence are dusted-up and implemented.
Hon spoke in Abuja when the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) presented him with the Epitome of Good Leadership Award.
The award came soon after Students of Ekiti State University Faculty of Law honoured him with Excellent Legal Personality Award.
Hon said: “The solution to most of the economic and structural problems currently bedevilling the nation are already embedded as recommendations’ in past confab reports that, unfortunately, have been left to gather dust in archives.”
He blamed mounting agitation for the resurrection of the defunct Biafra Republic, on failure and lack of political will by past administrations to implement already existing recommendations on how to move the nation forward.
Hon flayed the Senate’s request for the Executive arm of government to forward outcome of the 2014 National Conference to it as a Bill.
He said: “There is need for the Federal Government to not just look into the report of the 2014 confab, but into all the political and constitutional conferences that we have had in this country.
“It should dust all these reports and revisit them. There should be political will and honesty to do this because if we continue playing the ostrich, we will continue nose-diving to levels that we will never recover. So, the earlier we realise this, the better.”
The senior lawyer insisted that the Senate could set up committees and evolve laws based on the recommendations.
“The Senate could also be seen to have good intentions. If they indeed have good intentions, they can look at the report and originate bills by themselves. Members could be picked either collectively or individually to sponsor bills based on that report.
“So, the Senate as the law making organ of the nation can pass these bills into law so that things will be better for us,” he said.
NANS President, Aruna Kadiri. represented by the National Vice President, Shettima Umar, said the association resolved to honour the SAN at its 75th meeting in Owerri in recognition of his “unending passion for education, youth development and societal transformation”.
NANS Vice President, Special Duties, Felix Attah, urged Hon to persuade Governor Samuel Ortom to re-open Benue State University which he said had been on strike.
“We urge you to use your good office to make him see reasons why the school should be re-opened so that students can go back to school.
“We equally ask that you assist us to talk to the Commissioner for Education in Benue State, Prof. Dennis Tyavyaar and ask him to stop interfering in the affairs of the Association of Benue State Students,” he said.
Hon assured the students that Benue State University will be re-opened in less than a month, adding that he was in contact with the state government.
He noted that the school was on lock-down due to salary issues that were not cleared by the previous administration. On alleged interference by the Benue Commissioner of Education, Hon pledged to wade into the matter.
He urged NANS to encourage its members to reach out to aggrieved youths, especially Biafra agitators and Arewa Youths, to embrace peace.
“We should be united and remain as one. Civil war will not do anybody any good. Let us, as children, appeal to our parents. The umbrella body of NANS should make it a public duty to appeal to all disputing factions and personalities involved, to sheath their sword.
Not that anybody has taken up any weapon of warfare so far, but they should shape their verbal tones.
“When you pour invectives and harsh words, it generates hatred and incite people, thereby aggravating our already precarious situation. You as a body of youths, should use this platform to fan the embers of unity and peaceful co-existence. When you do good, good will follow you.
“One thing we need to understand is that it is not easy for federating units to break. It usually leads to blood shedding. There must be justice to all and fairness to all. Let every Nigerian be treated as a first-rate citizen.
“We should de-emphasise religion and ethnic divides. There is nothing wrong with us as a nation sitting together to iron out our differences,” Hon said.