Chief John Odigie-Oyegun
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, May 19, met with the party’s state executives and a high level federal government delegation on the new petroleum products supply and pricing framework introduced by the federal government.
The NWC of the APC was led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s national chairman, while Babachir David Lawal, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) led the federal government delegation.
Oyegun who opened the meeting said their coming together was to discuss critical issues taking place in the country.
He also said at the end of the month, there will be a policy dialogue which will involve five members from the executive to discuss situations they met on ground and how to solve them.
“Our meeting today is very unique because we are coming together as a government and as the governing party to exchange ideas to ensure that both party and government are on the same page in a lot of the very critical and important issues that are taking place in our nation today.
“The main benefit of course, is that we want a situation where party leaders from all over the country do not form their opinions on the basis of newspaper publications because you are at the heart of governance.
“At the end of the month, we are also going to have what we term as a policy dialogue which is already approved by all layers of governance in the party.
“What this does is to arm everyone of us from the national level and state level so that we can speak authoritatively about what is going on at the national level and go away with the conviction that things are not just happening capriciously.
“With the conviction that we promised change but change is a process, it is not an event, not something that happened the day after the government was sworn-in, he said.
However, the SGF while giving his speech said many key decisions have been taken in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration including the price change in fuel.
He also said that the government might not be able to consult the party everytime they need to make key decisions although the president has tried in every step to consult key members
“One of the major decisions that the government has taken of recent time is the removal or the deregulation of the pricing mechanism of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
“We feel that the leaders of our party and the government need to have a class interaction to present the government side of the issue to you.This is a family discussion and the government side are very well equipped to respond to whatever issues you will want answers to.
“The delegation here was well selected. Education is one of the key pivot policies that this government hinges on. Our education minister is here.
“Employment is also one of the key policies that this government focuses on, the minister of labor and employment is here, he said.
However, the meeting which held at the APC National Secretariat included dignitaries like Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, Adamu Adamu, minister of education, Chris Nwabueze Ngige, minister of labour and employment, Segun Oni, the APC deputy national chairman (south) among others.
Last week, the federal government announced the removal of subsidy from petrol and a new price of N145 per litre.
The announcement had generated major agitations from Nigerians. Also, the Nigerian Labour Congress threatened to embark on strike on Wednesday, May 18, if the price was not reverted to N86 per litre, but a court injunction has reportedly stopped that process.