Nigeria’s present economic downturn could be an act of God to remind Nigeria of the need to implement and embrace radical change, particularly the country’s current economic model.
The National Chairman of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun stated this when he received a 15-member delegation of an APC support group, Change Agents Foundation (CAF) led by its Director-General, Dr. Felix Felix at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
He said the drop in oil price had taken its toll on the revenue and expenditure of the Federal Government and as a result is having a severe effect on the economy.
“The concept of change is a difficult one. Nigeria must be ready to adapt to new ways of doing things. As a party, we know and understand it calls for tremendous sacrifice, there is no other way. Yes the economy is in a bad shape, but maybe that is the kick we need to be innovative and find ways to drive the economy out of the woods.
We are in the process of organising a three-day dialogue which will bring the party, government and stakeholders for an exposition on the realities facing the country, particular the economy. It will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas so that we go home with a clear direction on how to go forward.”
Also speaking at the meeting, the Director-General, Change Agents Foundation, Dr. Felix Felix said the fight against corruption being waged by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari administration is already yielding results.
“Our party promised Nigerians ‘change’ and this change Nigerians have already started experiencing through the unprecedented simplicity and transparency which our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari has brought to governance of Nigeria. The fight against corruption has already started yielding results as looted public funds are being exposed and returned while everybody occupying public office today is conscious of his actions knowing that there would be consequences for any inaction or wrong action,” he said.
The Director-General also requested the National leadership of the APC to register the organisation to enable it contribute its quota towards efforts to deliver on the Change Mantra and objectives of the APC.