New Year Message: APC blames past govts for underdevelopment, hardships

…Calls for support in 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has blamed the current hardship and other challenges confronting the nation on the act of corruption which the party said enabled perpetrators to divert resources for delivering development to the citizenry.
A New Year message personally signed by the National Chairman of the governing party Chief John Oyegun, on Sunday in Abuja, called on Nigerians to support the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) “for realizing social inclusion objectives, such as employment generation and eradication of poverty and inequality.”
Oyegun, while acknowledging that year 2017 was a challenging one for Nigerians, assured that President Muhammadu Buhari administration was making progress and already delivering on many front “such as restoring our country to its deserved standing among the comity of progressive nations; fighting corruption and repairing our value system; diversifying our economic revenue base, creating jobs and economic opportunities for Nigerians; bringing succor to the insurgency-ravaged North-East; reforming the oil, defence, pensions, and other critical sectors; creating a world-class transport system, among others.
“We can only downplay the ramifications of corruption at our peril. Corruption has for long enabled its perpetrators to divert resources for delivering development to the citizenry and as a result bred discontent, which religious bigots and ethnic jingoists take advantage of to create insecurity and other societal malaise. Therefore, the solution is the enthronement and entrenchment of quality and accountable leadership in governance.
“We should continue to support the administration’s development efforts for the country. The Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) should be supported by all as a basis for realizing social inclusion objectives, such as employment generation and eradication of poverty and inequality. Such safety net initiatives as the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, conditional cash transfer scheme and N-Power will guarantee that the poor and vulnerable directly benefit from economic development.
“We are acutely aware of our current national challenges, particularly on the economy. However, we assure Nigerians that the administration is not asleep, but working assiduously to address these challenges and meet the expectations of Nigerians. We remain focussed and solidly committed to delivering on our Party’s 2015 election promises which were largely hinged on curbing corruption, restoring the economy and the security of the nation.
“Let us join in the effort to build a more vibrant nation that every Nigerian will be proud of. Let us join and support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration in the ongoing of task of building a new Nigeria for our progress, peace, unity and prosperity.”