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Friday, May 22, 2015

Buhari: Transition Panel’s job not to indict Jonathan

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Without an input from the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan administration, the Ahmed Joda-led transition committee set up by President-elect Muhammadu Buhari yesterday submitted its interim report.



Buhari lamented the lack of cooperation from the government which he said “misunderstood” the committee.
The Federal Government Transition Committee, led by Vice President Namadi Sambo, was expected to interface with the Joda committee.
The president-elect, who returned from his hometown  Daura, to receive the report at the Defence House, said he was disappointed that “the incoming government was misunderstood”, adding: “It is not that we are preparing for indictment. We are trying to get a starting point; where exactly are we going to start from?
“We have seen the debt profile now and the performance of the economy. The question is, what can we do about it, especially the  urgent ones like the social security and lack of fuel in the country and fraud?. The list is endless. I thank you for what you have done and I hope that the subsequent submission by the government will make your job easier and more efficient and tell us where to begin from.
“What we expected was for the outgoing government to make a presentation to this committee and for this committee to study the document and make submissions to the incoming government.
“For your simple mindedness, you went to work. But unfortunately, this committee is accused of being a federal government. From then on, this committee was constraint to take this initiative and breaking into various subcommittees and assigned various tasks to study the most important issues nationwide and see what they can put on record.
“I thank you very much for the efforts which you have made and I want to assure you that we will find time to read your initial report and when the government decides to finally present to you their own records, you will study them and merge them with the reports of the various committees and present to the incoming government.
“My expectations was that each ministry makes their own presentations. The politicians know that they are going while the bureaucrats who do the jobs know they are staying.
“They are the ones who are going to do the job and they are going to be available to help cross check the information. I think this research you have made will help the incoming government to cross check the information on paper given by the outgoing government”.
Joda said the committee had to prepare the first interim report without the input from the government, adding that they are expecting the government to make a presentation to the committee today.
Joda said when they eventually get such government’s input, it will be built into the final report which will be submitted after the inauguration.
Joda said the committee received lots of contribution from Nigerians especially those who served in the private and public sectors in various fields.
He said they received tremendous support from the organised private sector, the Lagos Business School and international development partners on how to move the nation forward.
Joda said his committee worked through four sub-committees.
The interim report is in the executive, the legislature and the judiciary, finance and economy.
The committee also wrote on sectors like agriculture, oil and gas and solid minerals.
The report also looked at Infrastructure, power, national security, education, health and social welfare.
The president-elect requested the Joda-led committee to be ready to resume work the moment the outgoing government’s handover notes are received.
Present at the event were APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Chief Bisi Akande, APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
Source: Tony Akowe, thenationonlineng.net/

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