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Drama as Minister, Rep argue over 7-Point Agenda

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

Kano -  Minister of State for Commerce, Humphrey Abba, yesterday in Kano, disagreed with the Chairman, House Committee on Commerce, Mr Nnaji over President Yar’Adua’s 7-Point Agenda which the latter described as “equivalent to a waste of time”.

Nnaji, who was represented by Mr Ubale Jakada Kiru, stirred the hornet’s nest in a goodwill message during the opening session at the 3rd edition of Export Roundtable declaring that the main policy trust of the Federal Government should be reduced to 2 points.

Kiru, who was the former Chairman, Kano Chamber of Commerce, explained that the   near absence of leadership in the country has made nonsense of the 7-Point Agenda, stressing that it will be of great benefit to the nation  if it prunes down the agenda to “power and  security”.

“At a time the world is thinking of alternative to oil, we are not thinking in that direction due to failure of leadership. This is definitely too bad for us as people, as a nation and for our economy,” Kiru said.

However, Abba discarded his prepared text for the keynote address, stating that the 7-Point Agenda is a blue print designed to get Nigeria out of the woods.

“The President’s 7-Point Agenda is the vision of the man on how this country can be transformed from poverty to riches; on how it can be transformed from wants and lack to abundance; on how it can be translated from insecurity to a secured position. In doing all these you must set for yourself a target and a road map,” the Kogi- born politician explained.

He lamented that despite the warning signals arising from the fall in oil price, Nigerian leaders refused to take proactive measures to check the country’s over dependence on oil.


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