By DANIel IDONOR, ABUJA
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday confirmed the death of the seven-point agenda of his predecessor, the late Umaru Yar’Adua, saying that he never promised any agenda during electioneering campaign. The president, who was making closing remarks at a two-day presidential retreat for ministers, advisers and permanent secretaries in Abuja, insisted he only promised good governance. He said he was disturbed by media reports about nine-point agenda, which he never promised.
“ I never mentioned any agenda point. We have never promised any number of point. We promised good governance not point. Every sector of the economy is important. We are not running a government of any point agenda”, Jonathan declared. While noting that every sector of the economy is important, he urged ministers and other top government functionaries to help him in keeping his electoral promises.
Jonathan reminded them that there are wide expectations from the public, expressing optimism that “the present dispensation will change things in d country for good”. He noted that it was easy for people to criticise without having deep knowledge about the subject matter, saying that the ministers and advisers have crucial roles to play in the implementation of government policies. The president also laid emphasis on team work if the transformation agenda must be achieved. “I expect you to begin to think. You must generate ideas, you must discuss ideas so that we move forward”, Jonathan charged.
Speaking after the two-day brainstorming session, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Reuben Abati, said: “The discussion has been of great quality and what I take away is that, first, emphasis on transformation is its holistic term, in the sense of good governance, in the building of infrastructure and human development in elaborate sense. ”The second thing is that the entire team is now on the same page. You can see that the ministers and the advisers even came up with a Charter in which they expressed their commitment to the vision of Mr President. ”
And from this point onward, the team has been energised about integrity, about efficiency and about the need to engage the Nigerian people and address all the issues that preoccupy them.”