Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) has urged the All Progressive Congress (APC)- led administration to pay
urgent attention to the management of the economy.
The call is contained in a statement, issued by PDP National
Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in Abuja on Monday.
It claimed that its worry stemmed from the fact that the
economy had remained on rapid fall since the last four months.
According to the statement, the fall is "apparently due to
the absence of clear-cut fiscal policy direction and an economic team to deal
with the domestic and global challenges associated with a developing economy.’’
It said PDP was in full support of President Muhammadu
Buhari’s efforts in tackling corruption and insurgency but was concerned about
the economic situation of Nigeria.
The party said it was worried that the government had not
paid attention to indices from global economic watchers in spite of its
predictable negative impact.
The statement said as a responsible party, PDP was
duty-bound, beyond politics, to draw the president’s attention to the fact that
under the prevailing circumstances, the economy was threatened.
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It stated that the situation had become more worrisome
following the "failure of APC administration to articulate any interventionist
policy at this critical moment’’, especially against predictions that oil might
sell for 20 dollars.
"We caution strongly that this approach to governance is
not healthy for our nation,’’ the party said.
It said time had come for the president to take urgent steps
to set up a crack economic team of experts to immediately swing into action and
salvage the economy.
"In managing this economy at this time, we urge the
president, as the father of the nation, to look beyond partisan politics.
"He should ensure that the policy frameworks and populist
economic projects laid by the PDP administration, especially in the non-oil
sectors are not allowed to rot but adequately utilised for the good of all.’’
It advices the APC administration to pay attention to
various agricultural projects and programmes established in Nigeria by the PDP
administrations, especially in the northern part.
The projects include various dams and irrigation projects,
the e-wallet financial empowerment system to farmers, associated to the over
two million direct farm jobs.
Others are the Green Belt project under Presidential
Initiative on Afforestation in Kano and 10 other northern states, all in line
with PDP’s agenda to return the region as the food basket of the nation.
“The PDP believes that in the interest of millions of
Nigerians citizens who look up to the political class for direction, it is now
imperative on the APC-led federal government to pay deserving attention to the
"The administration should continue the policy of the past
administration of opening the space for harnessing indigenous potentials.,’ it