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APGA lambasts APC policy forum, says it lacks national diversity

The All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) has lambasted the All Progressive Congress for lack of diversity in its on-going national policy dialogue which kicked off in Abuja today, reports ITRealms.

APGA through its publicity secretary, Okwukwe Ibiam told ITRealms that the proposed list of speakers depicts insensitivity to the Nigerian body politic
“It is rather unhealthy for an in-coming Government to seem rather non-inclusive, at this out-set,” he said.

According to Ibiam, a forum as the above should look to include viewpoints from the diverse ethnic Nigerian population in academia, chieftains of the different economy and industry, rather than a selection of representatives from given ethno-religious zone. 

“The choice of presenters could be more varied and better,” he said, stressing that a forum which seeks to transform vision to reality may not ignore or take for granted issues of peace and domicile security for all Nigerians, also the expatriate class, which make for a conducive economic environment, investment and trade. 

APGA also said that transportation and infrastructure development in Nigerian economic planning requires expansion of seaport access to different parts of coastal Nigeria to increase National economic vibrancy and decrease port congestion, especially in Lagos.

Insisting that reviving the Nigerian Ports of Calabar, Port Harcourt, Warri, and not reducing them to specialized establishments in addition to creating a Port at Oron, Akwa Ibom State, cannot be over-emphasised.

APGA further said that encouraging the development of geo-economic zones and looking at factors against the continued development of different market zones in Nigeria, which are daily losing business to other parts of Nigeria, particularly from the East Coast to the West coast, secondary to scorching Government trade and economic policy on Ports, Portage and infrastructure.

Encouraging geo-political zones to develop their comparative advantages, APGA said, in any product or trade sector deemed favorable, and hosting trade fairs, to enlighten Nigeria on their product/economic advantages, creating stable product/supply base, for infant industries elsewhere. 

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