Odigie-Oyegun wants FG to declare emergency on power sector
The national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has advocated that the federal government should declare a state of emergency in the energy sector of the country.
Odigie-Oyegun’s suggestion is informed by the poor state of power supply and its retrogressive effects on the growth and development of the country.The APC national chairman made the suggestion during the opening ceremony for the Second Annual Retreat titled: ‘Consolidation of Achievements and New Strategies for Efficient Service Delivery in Sokoto State’ organised for the Sokoto State Executive Council for Permanent Secretaries and Director-General at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, where he also commended governor Aminu Tambwal for his administration’s achievements since 2015.
Odigie-Oyegun considered his call for the declaration of state of emergency on the power sector necessary, because: “If Tambuwal successfully declared a state of emergency on the education sector in Sokoto when he assumed office and is now yielding results, we may also have to do same on power sector in Nigeria where the challenges are unprecedented.”
Odigie-Oyegun further noted that Sokoto is one place where teachers have real status and that the attention given to the girl-child education by the government remains unprecedented.
He charged the participants to be bold, courageous and innovative at discussing the challenges of the state “if you must plan and think big; you must think of the kind of Sokoto you intend to hand over to the younger generation.”
While commending the APC for its performance in the past two years, Odigie-Oyegun urged Nigerians to discountenance the bickering between the Senate and the Controller General of the Nigerian Customs over uniform or no-uniform, promising that that brighter days are ahead as President Mohammadu Buhari is steadily and progressively moving the nation forward.
He lauded the achievements of Tambuwal, especially in the areas of agriculture and education, describing him as the pride of the party.Similarly, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111 in his remarks charged the participants at the retreat “not to see the event as a jamboree, but to consider it a serious business to deliberate on good governance,” adding that Nigerians cannot afford to waste the rare opportunity of democratic rule.
The sultan also called on the Sokoto government to organise an elaborate retreat “that will cover the three arms of government – the judiciary, legislature and the executive, as well as the local governments with the aim of bringing out all issues that relate to good governance.”
While commending Tambuwal for choosing Plateau State as the host venue for the retreat, Governor Simon Lalong said, “It is an express evidence of the peace we now enjoy in Plateau State.”
In like manner, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba, described the Sultan of Sokoto as his brother, saying that Plateau people in Sokoto have brought good reports on how Tambuwal and the Sultan have accommodated them.
He challenged the resource persons to see Sokoto in the context of the Nigerian nation, and not to isolate it in dealing with its issues in the retreat, since no state can stand on its own.
Tambuwal however said the retreat was meant to be a midterm assessment of his administration “to observe where we did well and where there is need for improve on its performance.
According to him, “The first retreat held in Kaduna gave rise to the achievements we made in education, agriculture and several other sectors. The benefits derived from the previous retreat prompted this second one.”
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