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APC To Unveil Buhari’s Roadmap Tomorrow

Posted: May 19, 2015 at 1:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Austin Oboh,  Lagos


The All Progressives Congress (APC) will unveil the policy direction of President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday and Thursday.

The event with the theme, “Implementing Change: From Vision to Reality,” the party says, is intended as a policy dialogue where contributors will make inputs into the roadmap of the incoming administration.

It is organised by the Policy, Research, and Strategy Directorate (PRSD) of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, led by former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, the Deputy Head of the Directorate and former Minister of Youth and Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the President-elect, would declare open the dialogue to be chaired by Vice President-elect, Prof Yemi Osibajo.

Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair, would be keynote Speaker at the dialogue where experts drawn from different fields and members of the public can make inputs into actualising the policies of the incoming administration.

The programme will also mark the winding down of activities of the PRSD, Abdullahi added.

Abdullahi identified the core areas of focus for the two-day event as the economy, governance, job creation and security in line with the APC’s manifestoes for change.

He listed topics for discussion include: “Improving the national economy for shared prosperity; repositioning agriculture for job creation and economic prosperity; developing infrastructure for national development; achieving sustainable reforms on oil/gas sector; reducing inequality and achieving sustainable human development; achieving holistic and sustainable reforms in the education sector; developing and education system relevant to Nigeria’s developmental aspiration; achieving qualitative and affordable healthcare.

Others include: “Achieving diversity and inclusion in public Life; exploring sports, tourism and creative industry for job creation; governance and improved efficiency in public service; tackling corruption in public sector; and foreign policy and agenda for change.”

Some of the speakers and discussants expected at the event are: Ms Ifueko Omogui-Okauru, former Chairperson of the Federal Inland Revenue Service; Dr Rilwan Babalola, former Minister of Power; Dr Tajudeen Umar, former Country Chair, Nigeria–Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Authority; Prof Niyi Ayoola Daniels, President International Institute for Petroleum Energy Law and Policy; Tunde Ahonsi, Resident Representative United Nations Population Funds (UNFPA), Ghana; Major-General Ishola Williams (rtd).

Also expected are: Prof Pai Obanya, Chairman West African Examination Council (WAEC); Dr Ayo Teriba, chief executive, Economic Associates; Prof. Bolaji Aluko, Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke; Prof Mohammed Tabia of the Department of Islamic Law, Bayero University, Kano; General Abdulrahman Dambazzau, former Chief of Army Staff; Prof Ibrahim Gambari, former Nigerian Permanent Representative, United Nations; Fola Arthur-Worrey, former Solicitor-general, Lagos State; Ms Bolanle Onagoruwa, former Director-General, Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE); Wale Fapounda, Legal Resources Consortium; and Prof Etannibi Alemika, chairman, CLEEN Foundation.