By Tom Chiahemen (ABUJA) –
A new political pressure group, the Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP), has resolved to work towards influencing and ensuring Good Governance and Leadership selection process which recognizes Competence and Capacity at all levels.
In a statement at the end of its National Caucus meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, the group also stressed the urgent need for Nigeria to be rescued, lamenting that most of the nation’s problems revolve around Poor Governance and Leadership.
Described as a political but non-partisan movement, the RNP, whose membership cuts across Party lines, further said it was determined to pool innovative ideas and alternatives to Good Governance and Leadership selection process on the Cardinal Principles of Inclusiveness, Capacity, Probity and Courage.
The statement was jointly signed the immediate governor of Kwara State, His Excellency Abdulfatah Ahmed and a former Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the Nigerian Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and pioneer National Secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Dr. Usman Bugaje.
According to the statement, the project would be launched as soon as possible “in order to engage Nigerians on the Core values and Cardinal Principles of the RNP, that should drive the Nigerian democratic process.”
The meeting of the National Caucus was held in continuation of the ongoing Consultations by the Conveners with the aim of reviewing the activities of the RNP and preparing for the National launching of the project.
During the well-attended meeting, the RNP experts proposed solution-based Policies on the following key national issues which were discussed and critically examined, notably, Security, Economy, Human Capital Development, Youth and Gender Inclusiveness, Good Governance, National Unity and Cohesion and, Restructuring and Nation building.
Thereafter, the meeting resolved that the ideas and policies recommended by the various experts should be articulated and validated at the National Launching scheduled for November, 2021.
After further exhaustive deliberations on the way forward, the Caucus further agreed that the validated solution-based policies on the key National issues proposed by the experts should form the bedrock for engagement with Nigerians,
It noted the enthusiasm shown by the representatives of the Youth and Women at the meeting who recognized that the project addresses their concerns and were therefore ready to mobilize and support the RNP initiative,
The Caucus approved for implementation by the National Steering Committee, the following activities of the RNP: National Launching of the Project in Abuja- November, 2021; Constitution of Standing Working Committees- October – November, 2021; Inauguration of Zonal Chapters and National discourse on specific topical issuesJanuary to March, 2022 and; Mobilization, Contacts, Coalition and Partnerships- ongoing and Continuous.
Among those in attendance were Professor Pat Utomi (Director, Lagos Business School), Mr. Frank Nweke (a former Information Minister), MD Abubakar (former Inspector-General of Police), Prof. Attahiru Jegah (former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC),Professor Tunde Adeniran (former minister of Education), Dr Mike Omeria (former Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA), Nkoyo Toyo (former Nigerian ambassador to Ethiopia) and Dr. Naja’atu Bala Muhammad(notable Nigerian politician and former political adviser to Second Republic Governor of Kano state, Abubakar Rimi).