Lagos – President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that he will select credible and intelligent people into his cabinet and other areas of government to run the affairs of the state.

The President stated this on Tuesday night at a pre-inaugural dinner with Corporate Nigerians held at the State House, Marina, Lagos.

“We need to select people, who can think to run the affairs of the government,” he said.

Jonathan said that he had the political will to do what was right in transforming Nigeria and moving it to greatness.

“Even when it leads to any cost, I will not hesitate to do what is right. Government must protect what is right,” he said.

He said that his administration would work with corporate Nigeria in transforming the country.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to partner with the private sector to move the nation forward.

In his remarks, Chief Atedo Peterside, said that the mandate given to the president at the presidential polls transcended his party, PDP.

He said that Nigerians voted for him because they wanted change and believed that Jonathan was the only one that could bring about the desired change to the nation.

Chief Paschal Dozie of MTN Nigeria, said the dinner and the earlier interactive session with the business community were practical demonstration of Jonathan’s sincerity of purpose to move the country forward.

He said that with the positive economic road map laid down by the president, Nigeria’s vision of becoming one of the 20 most developed economies in the world by the year 20:20 was achievable.

Dozie commended government for liberalising the telecommunication industry, noting that the sector was now contributing seven per cent to the GDP.

The Wakilin Adamawa, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, assured the president of the commitment of the private sector to work with him to transform Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that governors, ministers and members of diplomatic corps were in attendance at the dinner. (NAN)

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