This was the summary of the first Progressives Governance Lecture organised by the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF). The lecture tagged “unemployment and the crisis of governance in Nigeria: the way forward” held in Ibadan on Monday.
Giving the highlights of Policy Recommendations and way forward on the theme, Ekiti State Governor and Chair Governance Steering Committee of the PGF, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the lecture series was aimed at examining the challenges besetting the country and proffering solutions.
The Governor who added that the APC is a party of difference and development stated that the struggle of the party is “not the survival of the fittest but to pull up the weak and vulnerable” in the society.
Fayemi while assuring Nigerians of a better country asserted that the 2015 election is going to be a replica of the biblical battle between David and Goliath but the party relies on the people’s support.
The Governor noted that there is a connection between unemployment and governance and identified insecurity and unemployment as main problems in Nigeria, saying that latter breeds the former.
He stressed that the APC owes it a duty rather than a favor to empower the people hence the first attack on unemployment.
Commenting on the former PDP Governors who are now in APC, Fayemi said the governors share the same ideologies with the APC even as they pursue similar policies aimed at employment generation.
Recalling some of the points raised by discussants that unemployment and poverty are the root cause of insecurity in the North, the Committee chairman said the incessant killing in the North proves that the Federal Government either has “no capacity or low capacity” to address the security challenge.
Fayemi wrapped it up by urging Nigerians to examine the present situation of the country ahead of the February 2015 general elections, saying it is theirs to challenge and throw out a non performing government.
Earlier, the guest lecturer, Dr Ayo Teriba, had raised some posers for government, stressing the need to do something to halt the growing spate of unemployment in the country as a way to stem insecurity.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the PGF and. Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha stated that the unemployment situation in Nigeria is unacceptable and has become a major setback for the country despite the resources it is blessed with.
Okorocha added that it is the vision of the APC to tackle unemployment by strengthening democratic process and promoting the core values of justice.
The lecture was preceded by a rally at Lekan Salami Stadium where thousands of APC members trooped out to welcome the party leaders.
The event was attended by a former Head of State, General Muhammad Buhari, interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba; National Vice Chairman of the party (South west) Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Governors Aliyu Wammako, Murtala Nyako, Ibikunle Amosun, Rotimi Ameachi, Musa Kwakwanso, and host Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Others are Otunba Titi Laoye Tomori, Deputy Governors of Borno and Kwara States and former Speaker, Bello Masari.
Fiery preacher and former Vice Presidential candidate, Pastor Tunde Bakare was also present at the event.
Last modified: February 24, 2014