Buhari Receives Obasanjo’s Think Thank Report On Critical Areas Of The Economy
A think tank established by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to study critical areas of the economy and make recommendations to guide the incoming government yesterday submitted its report to President-elect General Muhammadu Buhari.
The committee, which was established four months ago under the Centre for Human Security of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, studied five key areas – education, power, the economy, security and infrastructure.
The head of Buhari’s media team, Mallam Garba Shehu, told reporters that the Vice Chairman of the committee and former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, presented volumes of the report to Gen. Buhari during a brief ceremony at Buhari’s private office on Lobito Crescent in Wuse 2, Abuja.
He said former Nigerian High Commissioner to United Kingdom Dr. Christopher Kolade, who was head of the Power Committee, gave various stages of the proposed power sector development plan to include, short term, medium term and long term solutions.
Shehu said under the short term solution, the plan seeks to raise power generation to 10,000 MW within a short period, adding that “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 the 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.
Shehu quoted Gen. Buhari as appreciating Obasanjo and his team for their effort, describing their intervention as a great impetus for the incoming government.
Gen. Buhari, he said, regretted that the out-going government that is supposed to give him tips on how to take-off has done nothing so far and thanked Obasanjo and his team for their gesture, assuring them that his administration will seek their advice as time goes on.
After the meeting with the president-elect, the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for Human Security of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, said the centre had been working on some critical areas of the economy to help the incoming government.
He said: “The centre sent a delegation of those who’ve been involved with the preparation of those policy documents to talk to the president-elect and get him to appreciate what is being done to help his administration.”
On how the president-elect received the report, the professor of Geography said: “He was very happy that we’ve been thinking about how to help him hit the ground running and he expressed his appreciation for what we’ve been doing”.