This followed the resolution of the contentious issues by a consultative group constituted by the leadership of the conference.
The recommendation by the committee that government at all levels should stop funding pilgrimage, and the establishment of
NAN reports that Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof.
However, while the "ayes" had simple majority, others drew attention to the Procedure Rule which stated that any decision not reached by consensus shall only be passed by a 70 per cent vote.
Consequently, the conference leadership put the issues in abeyance since then while the consultative group had been meeting regularly to break the impasse and arrive at a compromise.
At the resumed plenary today, Akinyemi informed delegates that "a lot of people have been working tirelessly to try and resolve these matters".
He then called on Alhaji Nuruden Lemu, (Co-Chairman of the Committee) "to explain to us how they resolved the issues".
Lemu explained that the committee had left out some detailed explanations in its report.
We felt that even though our report was small in size, the heat it generated was a testimony to the importance of the topics and to your own interest and passion regarding ensuring that we have an equitable resolution of these issues.
We also want to apologise for the fact that there were some details that we could have but we didn't put in our report because we just took it for granted that some of our proposals will be understood," he said.
After Lemu elucidated upon the consensus reached by the consultative group, Akinyemi informed delegates that the report should be ready for adoption.
Basically, what conference is being asked to do is to accept the recommendations as put into the report.
In order to convince us that this issue was right to bring before you, we insisted on evidence and we have over 350 signatures of people who have endorsed that this is the best way forward,he said.
Consequently, Akinyemi asked for a motion for the final adoption of the report and Justice
When the deputy chairman put the recommendations as regards those two issues as put in the original report to voice votes, they were unanimously accepted.
NAN reports that the recommendation by the committee that government at all levels should stop funding pilgrimage was also interpreted to mean the scrapping of Pilgrims Welfare Boards.
The clauses read: "In consonance of Section 10 of the Nigerian Constitution 1999, government at all levels shall not utilise public funds to sponsor any religious pilgrimage for any category of citizens and government functionaries.
Government shall discontinue the sponsorship of official government delegations on any pilgrimage, for the same reasons as stated above.
Government in the exercise of its oversight responsibility to the citizens of
Similarly, the recommendation to establish an independent
NAN reports that the report of the committee, co-chaired by Bishop
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