By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress APC has resolved to forward the report of its Gov. Nasiru el-Rufai led Committee on Restructuring to both President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly.
National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, disclosed this at the weekend while addressing the Second Plenary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria at the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Centre in Jalingo, Taraba State.National Chairman APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adesida
He said the party would review the report of the committee and thereafter present a framework of its implementation to the government.
“In response to the agitations for structural reforms of the country’s political architecture and to structure the debate for the benefit of the sustained unity, peace and progress of the country, the APC constituted a broad-based committee with H.E, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, the Kaduna State Governor as chairman to review the reports of all past constitutional conferences, the APC constitution, manifesto and campaign promises of the Party to distil the position of the APC as regards what the Nigerian federalism is and should be. The recommendations of the committee will be reviewed by the party organs and a framework for the implementation of the accepted report will be presented to government”, he stated.
Odigie-Oyegun added that the nation’s tough economic condition has created new threats to national security and peace “in the form of kidnapping, herdsmen attacks, Biafra separatist movement and agitations for changes to the political structure of the country which underlying motivation is access to the economic resources of the land that have also become political”.
Spokesman of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi had last week also disclosed that the party would send the document to the leadership of the national assembly.
Speaking further, Odigie-Oyegun said; “The economy is being diversified and the output from the non-oil sector is steadily increasing. The economy went into recession because of the bad condition in which the APC administration took over the economy. The first budget of the administration and the 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan ERGP which is a three year plan were designed to reflate and redirect the economy on the path of growth. This has resulted in massive capital investment of an unprecedented One Trillion Naira especially in rail infrastructure, airport refurbishing, road rehabilitation and power/energy upgrade. This is in addition to investment in the social sector such as the federal government’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme, conditional cash transfer scheme and N-Power.
“The economy has started responding to these policy initiatives of the government as evidenced in the improvement and stability of the naira exchange rate; increase in the country’s foreign reserves and the recent announcement by the National Bureau of Statistics NBS that the country has officially come out of recession. This does not mean that tough times experienced by the ordinary citizen is immediately over but it points to the direction of improvement in the welfare of all citizens as the benefit of economic growth and exiting recession trickle down the economic chain.
“Your Lordships, the state of the nation is strong. The difficult conditions in which the APC administration took over have been stabilised and the country is headed in the right direction”