Buhari has taken steps to restructure Nigeria, says Dafinone, APC Chieftain
—-Says sharing of resources reason for agitations
—–Blames successive administrations for decay of infrastructure in Niger Delta
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – DESPITE the hues and cries in many quarters for the restructuring of the country, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Chairman, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Chief Ede Dafinone has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has already taken some bold steps to restructure the country.
Chief Dafinone who contested the bye-election for Delta Central Senatorial District in 2013 on the platform of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, also said that successive administrations in the country and in South-South geopolitical zone should be blamed for the dilapidation of infrastructure in the Niger Delta region.
He also said that sharing of the nation’s resources was the reason for the ongoing agitations in the country.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard in Abuja, he said that the present administration has taken bold steps to restructure the country and that the dividends of the restructure will begin to manifest from the third and fourth years of the administration.
He said, “This administration has taken bold steps to restructure, I expect the dividends of that to show through in the 3rd and 4th years for the Nigerian people to see that the APC led government can perform and will perform in the next term also.”
On the areas that the government has restructured, he said, “The economic recovery and growth plan is a bold step; the ease of doing business in Nigeria is an even bolder step. I think somewhere within that document, there is a new policy direction where the government says if you apply for a permit and it is meant to take 45 days, on the 46th day you should rightly assume that your permit has been granted if you have not heard from that office.”
On the impact of the alleged restructure in the polity, he said, “I said we should expect the impact to show through in the 3rd and 4th year. In fact, my personal estimate is that by 4th quarter 2017 Nigerians should be able to see some difference in the economy and for me that stems significantly from the change in direction of the foreign exchange policy of the CBN.
“For about two months now they have made foreign exchange freely available which means that importers can have access to foreign exchange and therefore import the raw materials for their manufacturing or the goods for trade.
“Previously importers could not get their hands on foreign exchange and businesses were crumbling and that alone should feed through into the 3rd maybe 4th quarter of this year and that will have a big difference on its own.”
Dafinone who is also the Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN, Export Group, stated that the reason for agitations especially in the Niger Delta was on the sharing of the nation’s resources.
He said, “The reason for the agitations looking backward is the sharing of wealth. But with the whole dilapidated infrastructures within the Niger Delta, you have to blame successive governments and when I say governments I want to include federal, states and local governments because very often we from the Niger Delta are heard to complain that the federal government have deprived us of our resources.
“But you do not hear the same Niger Deltans say that our state government did not develop our area with all the resources to him or our local government did not do any development but we are quick to blame the federal government because they are not Niger Deltans largely.
“But the local government chairman is from the local government and he did nothing, the state governor is from the region and he did little.
So our primary complains should be with those individuals and if they have performed then we can go up to the federal government to say look you have not given us a fair share.
“So we need to have more responsible governments at the local and state levels in order to ensure better infrastructure development.”
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