Nigeria's highest consultative body, the National Council of States, has held its inaugural meeting in Lagos.
Nigeria's highest consultative body, the National Council of States, has held its inaugural meeting in Lagos. The main aim of the conference--to review the state of Nigeria's economy.
SYNOPSIS: The opening meeting was held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs. The National Council is made up of all state governors, traditional chiefs, and the former Military Head of State, Major General Olusegen Obasanjo, who retired in October to make way for a new civilian President.
The election of President Alhaji Shehu Shagari ended thirteen years of military rule in Nigeria. Since being sworn in he's worked to establish the new government, and the transition from military to civilian rule appears to have gone smoothly. In opening the council's first meeting President Shagari said he hoped its work would be remembered.
As well as reviewing Nigeria's economy the Council will be looking at the relationship between the Federal and State government's under a Presidential system.