This Day (Lagos)

30 December 2012

Nigeria: ANPP Tasks FG On Power, Jobs

Abuja — The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has tasked the Federal Government to begin to set developmental targets that it must achieve, especially in the keys areas of power supply and employment creation.

The party also said that for the government to be taken serious by Nigerians, such targets have to be accompanied with deadlines for meeting them.

In a statement issued saturday by its National Publicity Secetary, Chief Emma Eneukwu, the party said a time the nation is facing myriads of challenges should not be when to act slowly, maintaining that to do so, " is an unjustifiable admission of cluelessness and lack of creativity".

President Goodluck Jonathan was recently reported to have said that his government is slow because it does not want to make mistakes.

"By human thinking, our administration is slow; I won't say we are slow, but we need to think through things properly if we are to make lasting impact. If we rush, we will make mistakes and sometimes, it is more difficult to correct those mistakes," the president had said.

However, Eneukwu said governments all over the world work with timelines, schedules and measurable goals to allow the people gauge the progress of the leadership and the chronology of the overall national development.

"This is why it is glaring that the President might be telling Nigerians not to hold his government responsible for failed goals, targets, and expectations.

"In fact, he seems to be passing the buck of leadership to philosophical silence; and we believe this is one luxury the nation cannot afford at the moment.

"The people need to know when they shall have enough megawatts of power in the national grid; they need to know when the nation shall be extricated from the trap of foreign debts; they need to know when the massive stealing from the common purse shall stop; they want to know when exactly jobs shall be created.

"Our education sector is in an abysmal state. A couple of weeks ago, the results of November/December 2012 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination [WASSCE] was released and over 62 percent of the candidates who participated failed.

"The infrastructure and manpower in our tertiary institutions are in a state of steady decay. This and many other reasons inform our conviction that this is not the time for slow motion. Without a doubt, inaction in whatever guise will present the tepid ambience for quick consummation of decay in our national life, just like in any biological sample.

"As a party, we believe that the logic which Mr President palpably propounded in his message, which says "instead of making mistakes, do nothing" is jaundiced at best, and malicious at worst.

"Therefore, we call on the Federal Government to tighten its belt and work. Remove corruption, impunity and fiscal indiscipline and every other thing shall fall into place, " he said.

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