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Buhari Tasked On Fiscal Prudence, Economic Growth, Development

Posted: Mar 4, 2016 at 8:44 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejike Omenazu, Lagos

Participants at a two-day event marking this year’s commemoration birthday of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, at Ikenne, Ogun State, on Friday called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to ensure fiscal prudence, geared towards economic growth and development in order to achieve national economic rebirth and prosperity.
A 14-point communiqué released at the end of the conference on Friday, made available to Independent, also stated that the National Economic Conference being proposed by the Federal Government should involve not only experts and practitioners, but also representatives of all critical stakeholders.
The communiqué, signed by the event’s Chairman and Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and Director of the Chief Awolowo Foundation, Dr ?latokunb? Awol?w? Dosumu, urged the governments to tackle and uproot the malaise in the educational sector must be urgently tackled and uprooted.
It also stated that the privatisation of education must go hand in hand with adequate state budgetary allocation to the public educational sector, so that the children of the poor are not undeservedly disadvantaged.
The participants also maintained that there is a need to properly examine the contents and contexts of the national educational policy and carry out necessary reforms, even as they maintained that citizens should engage in self-education and personal development to enrich their minds, as Chief Awolowo did.

They stressed that there is a need for the contemporary political elite to emulate progressive politics in order to achieve true and sustainable development, even as they added that progressive politics and governance must be focused on development, which must done in a proactive and not reactive manner.
They resolved that there is a need for an all-encompassing, citizen-oriented national orientation programme in order to give the citizenry a sense of belonging and participation in national affairs.
The participants also stated that there is a need to unite Awoists and all progressives of all generations, irrespective of class, ethnic or religious leanings, for ideological, political and cultural re-birth.
The communiqué called on Nigerians, especially the political elite, to emulate the leadership virtues and values of Obafemi Awolowo, stressing that political parties should be ideologically driven and should have clear programmes and policies to which they can be held accountable whenever they are entrusted with power.
It also stated that there is a need for political leaders, particularly those in public office, to adopt a modest and exemplary lifestyle so as to cut waste and reduce corruption, even as there is a need for continuous inter-generational discourse on pressing national political and social issues.
Discussants at the symposium included former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Senator Femi Okurounmu, Professor Alade Faw?le and Professor Ayo Oluk?tun, while the keynote speaker was Professor Segun Gbadegesin.