I, (Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa) was a participant at a stakeholders' conference aimed at making a case for a Presidential Transition Framework for Nigeria (PTFN). The conference was held for the following reasons among others:
*The transition process in Nigeria is essentially convoked in an ad hoc manner.
*There is no permanent established authority vested with the sole responsibility of overseeing transitions.
*There are no specific structures in place to oversee transitions.
*There is a dearth of laws, rules and regulations which guide political transitions.
The theme of the conference: "Strengthening Nigeria's transition frameworks for democratic consolidation". The sub-themes are as follows:
*Why transition frameworks matter in democracies.
*Review of current transition processes & procedures.
*Comparative models for leadership transitions.
*Issues in Peace & Mediation.
The participants were:
*Dr. Dayo Oluyemi-Kusa - Chairperson, Board of Directors, National Peace Summit Group (NPSG).
*Barr. Dalung - Minister of Youth & Sports.
*Prof. Martha Kumer - Director, White House Transition Project, USA.
*Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila - Majority Leader, House of Representatives.
*Dr. Joe Abbah - DG, Bureau of Public Service Reforms.
*Barr. Sharon Ikeazor - Member, 2015 Transition Inauguration Committee.
*Nana Ato Dadzie - Fmr. Chief of Staff to President of Ghana & Transition Expert.
*Prof. Tajudeen Akanji - Institute of Conflict Resolution, University of Ibadan.
*Prof. Oshita Oshita - DG, Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR).
*Alhaji Lai Mohammed - Ministry of Information & Culture.
*Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim - Senior Fellow, Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD).
*Prof. Okey Onyejekwe - MD, Centre for Sustainable Development, Addis Ababa.
*Ms Ayisha Osori - Consultant on Good Governance.
The consensus: Nigeria needs a Transition Act to clearly spell out the role of individuals and institutions within a stipulated time frame...