Implement Nat’l Confab recommendations, Jonathan urges Buhari

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of his  national conference conducted in 2014, stressing that it has the capacity to  resolve several issues at the root of the problem plaguing the country.

Jonathan spoke, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, at the Golden Jubilee lecture to mark the 50th  anniversary of  the state, saying that the recommendations of the conference emanated from consensus  by the various nationalities that participated.

The former president, who got an ovation when he arrived the Obi  Wali venue of the lecture, expressed confidence in  fiscal federalism  as an enduring solution to some key challenges facing the country, adding that it would provide opportunity for all sections of the country to develop  where they have comparative advantages.

His words: “One of the reasons I insisted on the National Conference, the guest lecturer (Prof Godini Darah), made reference to was the interest of Nigerians. Yes,  in many areas as a nation,  we are doing well.  But, there are still other areas that agitate the minds of our people and as a government,  you need to address them.

“I remember in August  2013,  Professor Ben Nwabueze led the patriots and met me,  and one of the issues they raised was the National Conference.  Others schemed for other conferences,  but I insisted on the National Conference that would look at these gray areas that affect our people,  those areas that retard our development and fine tune it for the good of our children and grandchildren.

“I always believe that when you are in government,  when you are making laws, or coming up with policies,  don’t consider your position  because that your position is very temporal.

“I was quite pleased with the outcome of the conference. There was nothing like voting.  Every decision was by consensus. And I believe sincerely,  that if government is able to implement most of those recommendations,  some of the things that agitate our minds today,  some of the social issues we have, including insecurity and otherwise,  would be addressed.”

 

 

 

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