The seven-point agenda: Matters arising

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IN life in general, there is really nothing wrong in setting an agenda. What is more important is the accomplishment of such agenda. May be, it is mainly on this plank that the seven-point agenda of the current administration is causing ripples.

This agenda, as announced by President Umaru Yar’ Adua, focuses on Power and Energy, wealth creation, food security, Land reforms, transportation, education, security (including Niger Delta).

The thinking behind the agenda shows that the item by item, some laudable achievements are targeted.

For instance, Power and Energy, the infrastructural reforms in this critical sector through the development of sufficient and adequate power supply will be to ensure Nigeria’s ability to develop as a modern economy and an industrial nation by the year 2015.

Food security, this reform is primarily agrarian based. The emphasis on the development of modern technology, research, financial injection into research, production and development of agricultural inputs will revolutionalise the agricultural sector leading to a 5 – 10 fold increase in yield and production. This will result in massive domestic and commercial outputs and technological knowledge transfer to farmers.

Wealth creation; by virtue of its reliance on revenue from non-renewal oil, Nigeria has yet to develop industrially. This reform is focused on wealth creation through diversified production especially, in the agricultural and solid mineral sector. This requires Nigerians to choose to work, as hard work by all is required to achieve this reform.

Transport sector – The transportation sector in Nigeria with its poor road networks is an inefficient means of mass transit of people and goods. With a goal of a modernised industrialised Nigeria, it is mandatory that Nigeria develops its transport sector.

The PDP government has already started this process by the ongoing rehabilitation and modernisation of the railway. While the reforms might take some time to take effect, it is a need that must be addressed.

Land reforms – While hundreds of billions of dollars have