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Nigeria Is Making Steady Progress Under Buhari – Oyegun

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National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John
Odigie-Oyegun says d
espite the seeming unending
controversies dogging its administration, the APC-led Federal Government is
making sure and steady progress whose impact will continue to steer the nation
towards growth and stability.

Speaking in Kuru, Plateau
State, at the opening of a 4-Day retreat organised for members of the Sokoto
State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries and Directors-General in the
state civil service, Oyegun said President Buhari has not deviated from the
goals he set for himself during the campaign.

“We were firm with our pledge to fight
corruption, tackle insecurity and steer the economy towards growth. On these points,
we have not deviated. What the critics have failed to acknowledge is that our
country is making positive progress.

“Forget the arguments about (Customs
DG’s refusal to wear) uniforms and (Senator Dino Melaye)’s certificates
currently raging in Abuja. The truth of the matter is that we inherited a bad
economy but steadily we’ve progressed. We are at a point where we are taking
the turn to consolidate on economic growth in our nation,” he stated.

Oyegun said the Buhari administration
has achieved a lot in the agricultural sector, and these achievements have now
ensured the country becoming self-sufficient in rice and other key crops.

He said the impact will be felt most
when the country begins to export these products to other countries.

While commending Governor Aminu Waziri
Tambuwal for his firm and dedicated leadership in Sokoto State, Oyegun said by prioritising
education, and especially girl-child education, work on Sokoto’s future has
started in earnest.

In his remarks, Tambuwal said Sokoto State is 100
percent in support of the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment towards
economic diversification using agriculture as the vehicle for sustainable
development.

“We will continue to pursue policy framework and compliment all efforts
that will guarantee growth and economic viability. We will create the required
enabling environment and support investors willing to invest in our State,” he
added.

He said the retreat was organised to explore
potentials towards enhancing capacity of public officers and promote harmonious
working relationship among civil servants and political appointees for the
betterment of Sokoto State. 

“It will dwell on fundamental
issues that have to do with leadership, democracy, good governance, justice and
security. The presentations will prioritize key areas like agriculture, education,
healthcare delivery, women and youth empowerment and development of the solid
mineral subsector,” Tambuwal added. 

On his part, Governor Simon Lalong
of Plateau commended the Sokoto state government for considering his state as
venue to host the retreat. 
“This shows that peace has
returned to our state and we are working assiduously to sustain it,” he added. 
 Speaking in the same vein, the
Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba Gyang, said historical ties between Sokoto and
Plateau states have made it imperative for the leaders to work towards communal
harmony and integration of the populace. 
According to him, Sokoto has
set the pace in peaceful coexistence among different groups of Nigerians
residing in the state. “You don’t discriminate against indigenes and residents
in your schools. This is highly commendable,” he added. 

The theme of the retreat is “Consolidation
of achievements and new strategies for efficient service delivery in Sokoto
State.”

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