By Joseph Erunke
PRESIDENTIAL candidate of the United Democratic Party,UDP, in last Saturday’s election,Barr. Godson Okoye, has asked the president-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari,rtd, to concentrate more on areas of education,security,power and agriculture in his administration.
Okoye,who is also the National Chairman of UDP, insisted that Buhari can only win the hearts of Nigerians if he gives priority to the development of health, education, agriculture, power and security sectors of the country.
Speaking in an interview,yesterday,in Abuja, Okoye,who hailed the emergence of Buhari as successor to President Goodluck Jonathan, said:
“If I am to set an agenda for him, security, power and education should occupy the pride of place; this should be like in the short term.
“In the medium term, he should be looking at the transport sector, especially the railway transportation as no country could attained desired development without functional rail lines.
“A country in the size of Nigeria, there is no rail line that connects the Federal Capital Territory with other part of Nigeria, what a heck.
He said that the development of rail lines would not only enhance the country’s development but also boost its integration and job creation for Nigerians.”
He urged the president-elect to have combination of youths and the elderly persons in his cabinet and administration saying.
“He should use the experience of the elderly people and the strength of the youth.
He said that the raw energy of the youths should be channel into productive use of the nation.
“The young people have demonstrated their strength in Lagos, Anambra, Akwa-bom and many parts of the country. Coming to the centre, we must use their energy and strength for development t,” he said.
Okoye,who said he accepted the outcome of the election in good fate,thanked President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, for not just accepting the outcome of the poll but also congratulating the winner.
He said Jonathan’s action saved the country from going through possible crisis,stressing that the avoidance of conflict arising from the election outcome disappointed those he referred to as “the prophets of doom,who had predicted the break-away of Nigeria in 2015.”