Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo through his think-tank group, studied critical areas of the economy and submitted a report to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, recommending way forward for his administration in leading a new Nigeria.
The Committee which was established four months ago by former President Obasanjo under the Centre for Human Security of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library studied five key areas of education, power, the economy, security and infrastructure.
Head of Buhari’s Media team, Mallam Garba Shehu told newsmen that Vice Chairman of the Committee and former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu presented volumes of the report of the committee to Gen. Buhari during a brief ceremony held behind closed doors.
He also said that former Chairman of Cadbury Nigeria, Dr. Christopher Kolade who was head of the power committee, gave various stages of the proposed power sector development plan to include, short term, medium term, long term solutions.
Shehu said under the short term solution, the plan seeks to raise the country’s power generation to 10,000 MW within a short period of time, adding that “the whole idea was that Obasanjo set up his own think- tank with the aim of carrying out a study on challenges facing the country in five key areas of Education, Power sector, Economy, Security and Infrastructure. The study was commissioned four months ago so that the outcome will be made available to the incoming administration after the election.”
He stated that Buhari as appreciated Obasanjo and his team for their effort, describing their intervention as a great impetus for the incoming government.
Buhari, he said regretted that the out-going government that is supposed to give him tips on how to take-off has done nothing so far and thanked Obasanjo and his team for their gesture, assuring them that his incoming administration will be needing their advice as time goes on.
Speaking with the press after the meeting with the President elect, Chairman of the Governing Board of Centre for Human Security of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Professor Akin Mabogunje said the centre has been working on some critical areas of the economy which they hope will be of help to the incoming government.
He said the “Centre for Human Security of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library has being working on a number of critical issues for the development of this country and they have now sent a delegation of those who’ve been involve with the preparation of those policy documents to talk to the president-elect and get him to appreciate what is being done to help his administration. That’s why we are here.”
Prof. Mabogunje said they looked into such sectors like education, security, economy, power and Infrastructure, saying these “are the areas we’ve made recommendations and which we hope the new administration will be able to work on.”
Asked how the President elect received the report, the Professor of Geography said “he was very happy that we’ve been thinking about how to help him hit the ground running and he expressed his appreciation for what we’ve been doing.”