Stakeholders were hosted by the Federal Government at the first National Policy and Development (N-POD) summit.
The senior special assistant to the President, Policy Development and Analysis, Ibrahim Bapetel Hassan said the summit is to review the change agenda with a view to highlighting successes recorded, challenges and lessons learnt in the past four years of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“President Buhari’s election campaign was based on promising ‘change’ to Nigerians who had endured much anguish under the previous administration.
“The ‘new’ mantra of change gave hope to many Nigerians and united a nation that has traditionally been divided on a North and South basis and religious beliefs.
“President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office with a promise of ‘change’ amidst plethora of challenges that pose existential threat to Nigerians and Nigeria.
“With no easy way out of the inherited challenges, the government was confronted with two choices and the choices were either the government does the right things to reposition the country and deliver services to the country or do the wrong and deepen the suffering of Nigerians.
“The government choose the former, hence the focus on securing the country and the purpose of the summit.”
The keynote speaker, Brig-Gen Muhammed Marwa (rtd) said the summit was a reminder of the significance of having a proper honest review of what has been done and what can be done better.