By Samuel Oyadongha & Akpokona Omafuaire, Yenagoa
President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that Federal Executive Council (FEC) will dedicate the last two months of the year to reviewing its activities and concentrating on solving the problems of unemployment, power and poor empowerment of Nigerians.
The president also spoke about legislations to ensure proper implementation of the agenda.
“We at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will dedicate the rest of this year to discuss these issues and solve them,” he
Jonathan unfolded the agenda during an interactive session with stakeholders in Bayelsa State on day two of his working visit to his home state.
The president explained that whereas most of the executive bills to improve the situation in the country sent to the National Assembly had been politicised and misconstrued, he had asked the members of the National Economic Team and the FEC to develop solutions to the problems of unemployment, power and poor empowerment.
“The unemployment issue is a problem and I have informed the National Economic Team to look critically at ways of solving it and engaging the teeming youths of the nation. We will try and stimulate economic activities that will allow companies and industries to be established to absorb these youths,” the president added.
According to him, the solution to the nation’s problems was election of good leadership.
He noted that the diversity of the country will continue to be its source of strength, adding that the nation did not disintegrate as predicted by some politicians in spite of its problems.
Jonathan pointed out that the solution to the nation’s problems is that of leadership and when the nation began to elect good leadership in the next 15 years, it will become a great country in the comity of nations.
He informed the gathering of youth leaders, political leaders and traditional rulers that though the presidential awards to some notable Nigerians during the 50 years anniversary has come and gone, the complaints of omission of some names raised by some leaders should be considered a mistake.
The president said the yardstick used led to the exclusion. “It is difficult to accommodate all persons. It was not politics used. I always apologise and clear the committee of any blame,” the president stated.
Jonathan had at the commencement of the visit to Bayelsa, on Friday, reiterated the preparedness of the Federal Government to partner with state governors and the National Assembly to pull the country out of the woods and make it rank among the best in the comity of nations.
Speaking at a state banquet organised in his honour, he also challenged the youths of the Niger Delta to maximize the gains of the Federal Government amnesty programme so as to make the region attractive for investment.
According to the president, the task of developing the country could only be achieved with the support and cooperation of the state governors and members of the National Assembly.
“The only thing I can promise is that I will do my best to serve our own dear country as the president of the country, to make sure that we reposition our country in a way that will follow other developing nations of the world. I have to do that with the governors of the state and members of the National Assembly,” he said.
Jonathan had at the inception of his administration vowed to continue with the implementation of the seven-point agenda of his predecessor, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua.
The seven-point agenda had been criticized as being too large for the administration to handle as the critics said a few achievables would have served the interest of Nigerians.
On the agenda, among others, are power and energy, the Niger Delta, food security, wealth creation, education and security.