by OBIORA IFOH
…as former president hands over reports on power, security
A think-tank constituted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support the incoming administration’s transition yesterday presented its report to the President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
The comprehensive reports cover five key sectors of the economy, including security, power, education and infrastructure.
Vice Chairman of the Committee and former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, presented volumes of the reports to Buhari at a brief closed-door meeting at his campaign support group’s office in Abuja.
Chairman of the Governing Board, Centre for Human Security of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, told journalists during an interview that the committee worked on a number of critical issues for the development of the country.
“We have looked at education, security, economy, power and infrastructure. Those are the areas we have made recommendations and which we hope the new administration will be able to work on,” he said.
He explained that the President-elect should be able to hit the ground running with the suggestions contained in the report.
Director, Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Malam Garba Shehu, who also spoke on the issue, said the report focused on education, power, economy, security and infrastructure, adding that Obasanjo commissioned the committee on the assignment about four months ago.
“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.
“The study was commissioned four months ago so that the outcome will be made available to the incoming administration after the election.
“Dr. Christopher Kolade, who heads the power committee, gave various stages of the proposed power sector development plan as short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions.
“Under the short-term solution, the plan seeks to raise the country’s power generation to 10,000mw within a very short period of time,” Shehu said.
He said the President-elect expressed gratitude to Obasanjo and his team, describing their intervention as a great impetus for the incoming government.
“The President-elect regretted that the outgoing government that is supposed to give him tips on how to take-off has done nothing so far.
“He thanked the Obasanjo think-tank for its gesture, assuring it that his incoming administration would need its advice as time goes on,” he said.
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