APC not responsible for present economic challenges – Dogara

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has stated that the All Progressives Congress-led government should not be blamed for the current economic challenges facing Nigeria.

Dogara who said this when he received the unemployed Pilots and Aeronautic Engineers from Bauchi state added that although some people say that those at the helm of affairs in the country should not push blame to those responsible for the country’s woos, he strongly believed that those who brought Nigeria to its current state should be blamed.

While acknowledging that the APC-led government campaigned on the grounds of change with a promise to fix the country, he however, noted that the government was working hard to sanitise a rotten system which he said will take some time.

 “You know that we are facing challenges in the country at the moment even though people don’t want to talk about it in the sense that they keep saying that we campaigned on the grounds that we are going to fix the country so we shouldn’t complain.

We have sowed in the wind and we are now reaping whirlwind and as long as the earth abide there will be seed time and harvest time. We don’t want to dwell in the past. We are facing the future,” he said.

A statement from Speaker’s Media Aide Turaki Hassan, Dogara expressed optimism that with the kind of people leading Nigeria and with determination as well as sincerity of purpose, the problem of unemployment would be surmounted.

“Don’t despair because no training is wasted; but it is our responsibility to open the private sector for job opportunities”, he said.

Speaking earlier, the Leader of the team, Captain Bala Jibrin said the pilots and aeronautic engineers who were sponsored by the Bauchi State Government in the United States, graduated in 2011 but have been unemployed and requested the Speaker to facilitate their employment.

Jibrin, a former Commissioner of Education in Bauchi State, said the government spent about N1billion to train the 20 youths, cutting across the 20 Local Governments of Bauchi State.