Shonekan Lambasts Jonathan – Calls For Political Will To End Infrastructure Decay

Ernest Shonekan and President Goodluck Jonathan exchange handshake in Abuja
By SaharaReporters, New York

Former head of Nigeria’s controversial and illegal Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to develop the needed political will to end the country’s infrastructure decay.

Mr. Shonekan stated that unless the Presidency showed a serious level of political will, the country’s infrastructure deficiency would continue.

Mr. Shonekan bared his mind at the State House in Abuja when he presented the 2011 annual report and audited financial statement of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission to President Jonathan.

Mr. Shonekan, who is the chairman of the commission, also warned against arbitrary withdrawal from projects once the development process is on. He said such withdrawals jeopardize the credibility of the Nigerian public/private participation program.

He enumerated the challenges confronting the commission in the realization of its goals. These challenges included inability to mobilize long term funding for project development, inability to commit ministries, departments and parastatals to a stable and coherent pipeline of private/public partnership, and poor project preparation by MDAs.

“Addressing these challenges is critical to the success of ICRC and the attainment of the infrastructure component of your transformation agenda,” he said. Mr. Shonekan added: “It will require the political will of the Presidency and all the others to make sure that the country’s infrastructure is developed.” He warned that, without infrastructures, Nigeria won’t see much progress.

“With all these disasters that have been happening round the world, even western countries which started their infrastructural development well before us are now thinking of doing fresh infrastructures because the infrastructures they had in the last century are becoming antiquated.

“We have an opportunity now to be able to do our own infrastructures.  I think the best thing is to get people who are interested in the development of infrastructures to assist us in doing our own.

“That is why we said we will need the political will of the Presidency and all the others. Each and every one of us must contribute our quota to make sure that we developed our own. Without infrastructures, there will not be much progress.”

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Shonekan's Call For Political Will To End Infrastructure Decay

I crave the indulgence of HE President Goodluck Jonathan to use this medium to advise him. Until 2015, he calls the shots and the buck stops on his desk! They say Nigeria can be one of 20 best global economies by 2020 (I say 2030). He must lay the foundation now, for this to happen.

The template Nigeria has been using to manage the economy and everything else is wrong and must be changed starting from the mind!

We don't need "reformation" of what is! We must build a new economy based on "smart" thinking, common sense, driven by science and technology. To build a new economy, we must ensure that at least 60% of the Nigerian work force is literate, educated with special emphasis on science and technology. Fraud, Corruption and corrupt practice must be firmly dealt with. The President has the responsibility to initiate and lay the foundation for our new reality and future. Common sense, smart thinking, not "Political will" is what is required

SHONEKAN IS IT TRUE THAT.? OR STORY OF POT CALLING KETTLE BLACK?

Chief Shonekan, is it true that your family member has shares in Bi-Courtney Ltd -a Wale Babalakn construction company?

Is it not true that Wale sent Mr. Gbenga Odugbesan to work with your (ICRC) Commission as its Image Maker? Is it not true that Gbenga is on secondment from Bi-Courtney Ltd to your ICRC?

What ' WILL' did you have when you encouraged the military to truncate the mandate that was given by Nigerians to MKO ABIOLA? You sold out as a typical Yoruba person to become Head of Illegal Interim Government.

You should be a-shamed of your old self. At your age you're still eating free food from government!!!!! Shame! Shame!! Shame!!!

Condolence Message To Buhari

The “SECRET MEMOIRS OF A PRIEST ON A PILGRIMAGE OF FAITH “ is about the PDP sponsorship of Terrorism and Corruption in Nigeria as official weapons against every opposition. I pray General Buhari to prevail on Sahara Reporters to publish the Report on Terrorism and Corruption in Nigeria. And I ask the Publishers/Editors at the Sahara Reporters Website to live up to the Presidential Compliments they have won about being “an authentic source of news” despite the criticisms and resentments that trail many of the articles, reports, e.t.c. published by the Sahara Reporters. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is an honorable man, even as Chief Mathew Olusengun Obasanjo is, as reported by the Nigerian NewsWorld(current edition), playing the Ostrich. So what is stopping us hearing The News about Nigeria? http://revfrkennethevurulobi.blogspot.com/2012/12/from-blesssed-virgin-m...

@tundemash

If only you can take a moment to concentrate and be objective for a moment, it would help your logic.

Lambast ko lambast ni

Having read the article, I am left wondering where the lambastment came from. In an effort to be controversial, you have over-egged the issue. The main point is that the infrasture in Nigeria needs to be developed. This is well known fact and I am sure that the Presidency is aware of this. It needed developing through the Presidency of OBJ, not to mention the military dictators, but nothing was achieved. We are where we are and any improvement by GEJ will be greatly appreciated.

Shonekan ke

Wonders shall never end. Can you imagine. Fidi he too dey talk

DUMBSTUCK

Tutumuch or whatever your senseless name is, point of correction GEJ is da DUMBEST MAN/PRESIDENT of creation! You too that eats scraps from his table is da 2nd DUMBEST goat of creation

Shekekan--- simply a stupid senile simpleton

...after the evil genius unilaterally truncated the June 12 elections, it was this Shonekan in a brazen display of the typical Yoruba innate characteristic of betrayal & cowardice, who went ahead, to be an illegal president when the winner, MKO, was been hunted by the continent's leadership.

Cowardly so, he succumbed to abacha's palace coup with joy and with no effort whatsoever to reclaim power...of course, he never had any.

How can this same man, without whom Continent Nigeria would have been better & perhaps wish was never born, be the one to talk about infrastructural decay? Nonesense.

By the way where is "The crying General" - Oladipo Diya. That man mumu no be small. Him kneel down dey cry & beg mustapha bcos he no wan die. How Emir no go be king for Illorin?

Long live the United States of The SS&SE

@DERI

Not all the loots are in Swiss bank accounts; Abacha's family has over 10 40-feet containers with different currencies buried in the Northern desert.

igbo presidency

my country nigeria

birds of the same feather

illegal interim national government and acting president of nigeria. the two of una no dey serious

I'm tired of hearing these hypocrites

Sonekan needs political will after he has used his illegal presidency to amass stupendous wealth. He is still making money as we speak. Give up your wealth Sonekan. That is the only example Jonathan will follow. Stop lecturing him on political will. All former 'presidents' should be jailed ad infinitum.

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Sahara reporters should bear in mind that, Chief Ernest Shonekan is too knowledgeable, well grounded, disciplined and patriotic about his nation than what the medium is saying he (Shonekan)said.

But if for nay reason Chief decides to be mischievous like OBJ,i will only advise him not to visit the sins of his (Shonekan's group)collective failure on the Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's administration.

As a non-partisan observer, i have seen so much energy directed into the advancement of the country more than ever.

Please, let all Nigerians including the Sahara Reporters to be fair to the presidency, at least for once. SR has too too long been on the offensive side. But in all these, my belief is that, SR has succeeded in created more enemies for themselves than fixing the nation.

He must talk, must he not?

Shonekan must talk otherwise he might be forgotten if he has not already.

Shonekan is the least

Shonekan is the least qualified person to lecture anyone on any form of will.

nigeria

GEJ is sleeping in this country.. this is not the kind of ,person that can rule this nation.more gist and entertainment news here at www.gistyinka.com

d 419ners from the old region are back

It simply means more oily contracts for the tripod-55 trillion Naira gone--stolen by the WAZOBIANS-since 1959 from the south south, with nothing to show for it! Yet the barawos from the old region want more-this was the same wahala that abacha hired Buhari to take care of in PTF-several years after the departure of buhari, with millions of dollars gone-either to Swiss bank accounts of abacha, IBB, OBJ Buhari and abdul salam-we are back crying for the same Benin Ore road to be fixed again and again-that is one road that we have been awarding contracts for every year-since I was a kid-why not since there is always awuf oil money from the niger delta to take care of the needs of buhari, Sanusi, Tinubu and elrufai-

Overtake don overtake !

Overtake don overtake. When a "don't rock the boat" Shonekan even thinks Jonathan is clueless, then i think it's an hopeless situations Nigerians have put themselves with a clown like this governing thenm.

Re-Political Will

I wonder who Shonekan is talking to...to a President who has no direction as to where he is leading the country to or to a President who has no politcal will to even stand firm and stamp out corruption in the country, well unfortunatly Nigeria has no president and it will continue to be so untill 2015 when we will all rise up for a chnage that we must have either way..As far as I am concerned Nigeria is a failed state, insecurity is everywhere, corruptiopn is the order of the day, infrastrutural decay is everywhere, there is no meaningful development all we hear everyday is talk and more talk no action to match it..God help us

WHO IS SHONEKAN TO BE TALKING

WHO IS SHONEKAN TO BE TALKING ABOUT NIGERIA. BECAUSE HE WAS ILLEGALLY ALLOWED TO BE IN ASO ROCK FOR JUST 72 DAYS, HE HAS THE DIRTY GUTS TO BE TALKING ABOUT GOOD GOVERNANCE. IF I WERE THE PRESIDENT, WALAHI I WOULDNT RECOGNISE HIM AS A PAST PRESIDENT, BECAUSE HE WAS NOT EVEN ELECTED NOT A MILITARY HEAD OF STATE. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE INTERIM GOVT, HEAD OF INTERIM GOVT THAT WAS BEEN DICTATED TO BEHIND THE CAMERA TO SAY OR DO THINGS BY ABACHA. INFACT HE WAS THE DUMBEST FORMER RULER OF THIS COUNTRY. ARRANT NONSENSE!

Re: Political Will

Yea, Shonekan was right. The president lack the political will to fight corruption in general. Reason because he, the president is corrupt as well. Even before Ribadu Committee Report, Nigerians have known that. But, it's good that Shonekan opened it up to him.

Policy inconsistency is the problem

Different administrations come with different agenda and there is no respect for continuity. There are so many good policies on infrastructural development that are gathering dusts. In addition, who will want to commit his hard earned money into funding a project only to hear that the contract for the project has been revoked by a new Pharaoh. The fellow would be lucky if his case is that one political party or a brand new rogue is in power who wants cut because usually, arbitrary cancellation is what happens.

IJOBA FIDI HE

When people mortgage their conscience for power or money, little do they know the extent of damage they've done to their credibility. It was a critical moment for Chief Shonekan to reject an offer of presidency position, of which Chief MKO Abiola had been robbed. But he did not reject it. I thought that was a betrayal of brotherhood and a sell-out of a nation's right. Now, I wonder what moral justification has the chief in admonishing pres. Jonathan, whose sense of right direction for the country is still being worked out.

But one credit to Chief Shonekan: there was relative peace in the country during his brief tenure because Boko Haram did NOT test his resolve.

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