The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has said that the party was aware of the sufferings of the Nigerians.
He said the pains were genuine, but appealed for patience from Nigerians.
Speaking at a dinner held in his honour by Saint Patrick’s College (SPC), Asaba, Old Boys Association (Abuja Branch), Oyegun assured that the programmes put in place by the Buhari administration to cater for the poorest and vulnerable Nigerians and other economic initiatives aimed at diversifying and boosting the economy will be implemented in the interest of the people.
The APC chairman said “We are not shutting our eyes to the pains of the Nigerian people because it is real. It is genuine. We can only plead for patience. Thank God the APC government has its very first national budget and the implementation of that budget will be passionately pursued.
“In the coming months, the safety net created by the administration to cater for the poorest and vulnerable Nigerians and other economic initiatives aimed at diversifying and boosting the economy will be implemented. The result at the end of the day is going to be a more vibrant nation which every Nigerian will be proud of”.
Oyegun said the APC government will pay attention to the execution of national railway projects contained in the recently assented N6.06 trillion 2016 National Budget which he said is one of the priorities of President Buhari.
While recalling that 30 per cent of 2016 budgetary provision has been committed to capital projects, the APC National Chairman identified the railway projects as one of the critical infrastructural focuses of the administration.
He said: “As at today, the economy is in the process of being reflated; meaning that money is being put into the system. Contractors are being mobilised to go back to work. New contracts will be awarded.
The railway will be one of the very first priorities. We will for the first time go from Kano to Lagos through Benin City all the way to Calabar by rail.”
He said the administration was in the process of building a new solid foundation and credible image for the country and appealed for patience and the cooperation from Nigerians as the administration works to pull the country out of the present hardships.