BY SIMON EBEGBULEM & GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN CITY—ELDERS and leaders of the South-South region, under the aegis of the South- South Peoples Assembly, SSPA, weekend, urged President Goodluck Jonathan not to allow any individual or group stop his administration from transforming the country.
The leaders charged the President to fulfill his campaign promises by ”ensuring the rehabilitation and expansion of the national railway network, construction of the East-West Road, the East-West Coastal Highway and the power supply initiatives, that would transform the country.”
The leaders spoke at a workshop in Benin-City, Edo State, with the theme, “Towards Building A New Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the member representing Oredo Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Rasaq Bello-Osagie, has called for investment in intelligence gathering to enable the country tackle the Boko Haram menace and other security issues properly.
Belo-Osagie said that what the nation required now was superior information gathering to deal with the situation, noting that the call for military option as being proposed would not solve the problem, but would aggravate it.
In a statement, by its chairman, former Edo State Governor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and secretary, Chief Ayakeme Whisky, at the end of the workshop, SSPA advised the President not to be disturbed in his mission to transform the country.
Speakers at the workshop included former Inspector- General, Mr. Mike Okiro; President, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, Mr Ledum Mitee’ former Vice-Chancellor, Benson Idahosa University, Prof. Eghosa Osagie and former Special Adviser to the President on Policy and Project Monitoring, Prof.Julius Ihonvbere.
According to the communiqué, “the workshop agreed that Mr President should not allow any individuals or institutions become bottlenecks in his path to transforming the nation.”