Obasanjo lends helping hand to incoming administration
A think-tank constituted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support incoming administration’s transition on Thursday presented its report to President-elect, retired Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
Malam Garba Shehu, Director Media and Publicity to the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, made this known in a news briefing in Abuja.
Shehu said that the report was presented ‘’at a brief closed-door ceremony by Vice Chairman of the think-tank, and former Finance Minister, Dr Kalu Idika Kalu.
He said that the report focused on education, power, economy, security and infrastructure, adding that Obasanjo commissioned the committee on the assignment about four months ago.
”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 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,” he said.
”Dr Christopher Kolade, who heads the power committee, gave various stages of the proposed power sector development plan to include, short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions.
”Under the short-term solution, the plan seeks to raise the country’s power generation to 10,000 MW within a very short period of time,” Shehu said.
He said that the president-elect expressed gratitude to Obasanjo and his team, describing their intervention as a great impetus for the incoming government.
”The president-elect regretted that the outgoing government that is supposed to give him tips on how to take-off has done nothing so far.
”He thanked the Obasanjo think-tank for its gesture, assuring them that his incoming administration would need its advice as time goes on,” he said.