Blair Foundation expresses readiness to partner Nigerian Govs on infrastructural development, growth


By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA  – Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair has indicated his interest to work with the Nigerian governors and Nigerian government in general to confront the developmental challenges facing the country.

According to him, areas like power, basic education, health care require a facelift he said he was ready to give using his Foundation.

The former prime minister while addressing a gathering of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday said that it was necessary for the various governors to deliver on the promises they made to the people during the campaign, stressing that politics was a tough game.

He said: “Politics is real tough business and the most tough challenge is how you get things done and you need great ideas with great reality. What we do therefore is work with countries. We work in different countries in Africa where we help leaders either at the national level or state level to make a change.

“Our purpose is whenever the leader desires that the country faces key priorities, we have put people into support at leadership delivering change.

“It could be change around places like electricity and power, it could be about bringing core investments, basic education, healthcare, it could be specific areas like agriculture

“Whenever there is a challenge, what we try to do is bring in people who can help in decision making

“In the case of Nigeria, you have a team for sometime who are Nigerians who we work with, I work with in supporting leaders here

“This is a very exciting moment I think for Nigeria. This is tremendous opportunity for the country because the biggest single challenge because of falling commodity prices because of the way oil market has changed

“But nonetheless, there is great goodwill and desire for the country to do well and my foundation as a charity, as I said working with these countries with the process of charge

“As I said, we will be collaborating and working at the state level wherever you got priorities, where you think that you can use some help and we are there ready to have people come live and work with your people to make that change happen.”

The meeting which stated at about 9: pm had a good number of governors in attendece.

They were  Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara and NGF Chairman), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abdufatah Ahmed (Kwara), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Mohammed Abubakar (Bauchi), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger).

Others were Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Aminu Masari (Katsina), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Idris Wada (Kogi), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo).

Also at the meeting were Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Rauf Aregbesola(Osun), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe).

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomole said that the former prime came to share his experience with the governors.

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