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Jonathan To Fg: Implement National Conference Report …Pdp Has Capacity To Develop Nigeria -Makarfi



Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the federal government to implement the report of the last National Conference, which was put together by his administration.
This is as the chairman, national caretaker committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said only the party has the capacity to embark on the restructuring of the country.
Jonathan, who spoke yesterday during the Rivers State golden jubilee anniversary lecture in Port Harcourt, said implementation of the report will help the nation address the numerous development challenges facing the nation.
He declared  that the Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike is working hard to transform  the state, saying that Wike is leading Rivers State to greater heights.
Jonathan said, “Having had the opportunity to serve at the state level for eight years and at the centre for eight years, I can attest  to the fact that Wike is working.
“Everyday I watch television, I see programmes going on. Commissioning of projects are taking place. It takes somebody with commitment, somebody with foresight and somebody with a strong team to achieve  all these”.
The former president stated that he is not surprised that Wike  is living up to the expectations  of the people, because as a minister, Governor Wike excelled.
He said, “Let me specifically thank the Governor of Rivers State, somebody who worked with me, somebody  I believe in. That is why I conferred on him the prestigious  title of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON).”
Speaking further, the former president argued that reforms should ensure that more resources get to the state, rather than the interventionist  agencies already affected by politics.
He said that the states in the Niger Delta have achieved more in terms of development  since they started accessing 13 percent derivation than interventionist  agencies have achieved.
Jonathan said because  of political influence on the interventionist agencies,  the entire Niger Delta  is replete with abandoned projects.
Also speaking, National Caretaker Committee Chairman of PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi said only PDP has the capacity to embark on the restructuring of the country.
Makarfi said, “In PDP, we believe that our Federation needs to be fixed . We will ensure reforms in a manner that every federating unit will know that they will not be abandoned. “
In his lecture titled “Democracy and development in Nigeria: The Case of Rivers State”, Prof Godini Darah advocated resource ownership  for the Niger Delta.