By ANDREW ESSIEN ABUJA
In preparation towards a full outing in 2023 general elections, the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) and 34 other eminent Nigerians drawn from a wide field of endeavour have been inaugurated as members of the policy advisory committee of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).
This committee, according to the party is geared towards enriching the content, form and direction of the party’s political praxis as it positions itself for critical elective positions in the next political dispensation.
While inaugurating the committee on Friday in Abuja, Chairman of the party, Alh Falalu Bello, charged the committee to take full cognizance of the many progressive provisions of the Nigerian constitution in carrying out its assignment, stressing that PRP’s fundamental aim was the equality and value of human being.
“As you must all be aware, we are here today to formally inaugurate the PRP Policy Advisory Committee [PPAC). This Committee is made up initially of thirty-four  thoroughbred intellectuals drawn from a wide field or specialization and experience in Nigeria’s intellectual vineyard. As a Party, our objective is simple. It is to tap from the invaluable and variegated expertise of these intellectual gems of our society in enriching the content, form and direction of the PRP’s political praxis. The PRP has always believed that intellectual workers have a pivotal role to play in society’s political, social and economic evolution. They help in defining and shaping hegemonistic world views which critically influence political behavior.
“Furthermore, members of the Advisory Committee are advised to take full cognizance of the many progressive provisions of Chapter Two of the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended] in carrying-out their assignment. In the same vein, the Committee’s work and recommendations must take cognizance of the availability and/or otherwise of requisite material and human resources as well as the dynamics of changing realities in Nigeria’s external environment.
“As for the mode of operation of the PRP Policy Advisory Committee [PPAC], we have tried to keep this as simple as possible. Basically, the PPAC shall operate in ten  working sub-groups as follows:
1. Agriculture, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Crafts and Cooperatives.
2. Education, Human Capital Development, Mass and Continuing Education.
3. Energy, Industry and Mineral Development.
4. Banking, Fiscal Policy and Foreign Exchange Management.
5. Social Security, Gender Policy, Youth, Old Age and People Living with
6. Foreign Policy and Pan-African Solidarity and Unity.
7. Internal Security, Civic Liberties and Values Orientation.
8. Political and Representative Structures, Citizenship and Genuine Federalism.
9. Digital Information Technology, Communication and Media.
10. Law and Order.