Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, president-elect, inaugurates a 19-member Transition Committee on April 29, in Abuja, urging them not to witch-hunt but to ascertain the facts as it is to enable his government move the nation forward
| By Maureen Chigbo | April 29, 2015 @ 9.30GMT |
THE members of the Transition Committee of the incoming administration have been inaugurated Wednesday, April 29 in Abuja. They are Ahmed Joda, chairman of the committee, Doyin Salami, vice-chairman, Boss Mustapha, Muhammad Hayatuddin, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and Brig. Gen. Lawal The others are Jafaru Isa, Sen. Hadi Sirika, Sen. Audu Ogbeh, Barrister Dalong, Bola Adesola, Wale Edun, Nike Aboderin, Ogbonnaya Onu, Festus Odimegwu, John Oyegun, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Tam David West, Lai Mohammed and Adamu Adamu, secretary of the committee. The committee will liaise with that of the federal government to ensure a smooth transition.
Lai Muhammed, spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the terms of reference of the committee include developng a clear framework for liaison with the out-going administration for purposes of a smooth hand-over/take-over and to receive hand-over documents from ministries, departments and agencies and itemise the most important or most urgent issues confronting the in-coming government.
The committee is also saddled with reviewing and making preliminary assessment of the balance sheet of government with particular emphasis on the status of assets and liabilities of government; cash flow position of the government; quantum of public domestic and external debt of government and their deployment; government’s out-standing contractual obligations and its ability to meet such obligations and the status of implementation of capital projects.
Members of the committee are to undertake a preliminary assessment of the security challenges facing the country and the counter-insurgency measures taken by the government thus far; the counter policy measures being implemented in the Niger Delta to deal with unrest and major economic crimes in the area. In particular, the status of the Amnesty Programme, the readiness of the police and other national security and intelligence agencies in addressing threats to law and order and provide a brief overview of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Customs and
Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS.
The other terms of reference of the committee are to suggest “quick fixes” which will result in tangible, visible and practical measures so that change will be seen after 30 days, after 100 days, after 6 months of the administration taking office, and to make any other observations which in view of the committee would be helpful to the transition and take-off of the new Administration. The committee has two weeks to conclude its work.
At the inauguration ceremony, General Muhammadu Buhari, present-elect, urged the committee to “assess the information provided to you and advise me on its quality and accuracy. It is a simple matter that you must have the right information if you are to shape appropriate policy decisions. Needless to repeat, that your Committee – and indeed our government – are not on a witch-hunt or engaged in fault-finding. We want the facts and nothing but the facts. What has been done cannot be undone. Our job is to learn from the mistakes of the past and attempt to avoid similar.”
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