By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Stakeholders in the All Progressive Congress (APC), including President Muhammadu Buhari, party Governors, lawmakers and other key politicians, will today converge at Yar’adua Center in Abuja, to examine the achievements of the ruling party since it took over power in 2015.
Briefing journàlists yesterday in Abuja, the Secretary of the APC Pre Convention Conference Committee, Garba Abari, who is also the Director General of the Nigeria Orientation Agency (NOA), said the policy conference is tagged “Consolidating Democracy: Scorecard, impact and the road ahead”.
The DG said the overall objective of the conference is to position thought leaders of the party and sector experts to deliberate on the current and future policy direction of the party and provide a reform agenda which the party will drive over the next phase of the party’s administration building on the current achievements, including the outcomes for state and local governments.
According to Abari, the conference will seek to address various segments around governance, economy and social environment with the aim to re-enkindle investors’ confidence in the Nigerian economy.
The specific objectives include; review the performance of APC-controlled national and subnational governments, analyse introspective pathways towards mapping the future to bridge the gaps and unlock the productive potential of the country, discuss the approaches required towards achieving an inclusive and coherent policy trajectory for the party in government and harmonise a sustainable implementation agenda with the implementation framework as a follow-up to existing plans, policies, programmes and projects.
“The APC Policy Conference will be structured into different panel discussions that will focus on core thematic areas as follows: economy, governance, and human development. This will enable resource persons and participants to create a central spine that holds the party’s development agenda since 2015.”
Among the expected participants include; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chairman and Members of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), State Governors, among others.