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The Atiku Campaign Organisation will today (Monday) host a Policy Review Retreat to afford a former Vice President Atiku Abubakar the opportunity to unveil his economic policy.
The event, which will be held at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, Ogun State, is expected to bring together 50 experts drawn from diverse backgrounds to analyse and review the policy document that will be delivered on Atiku’s commitment of making Nigeria work again for all.
The Coordinator of the Atiku Media Office, Mallam Garba Shehu, who confirmed the development in Abuja on Sunday, said the retreat will afford Atiku Abubakar the opportunity to have experts review and make inputs into the formulation of a road map that “will encapsulate his blueprint and vision for Nigeria.”
He said, “Our country is tired of unprepared leaders in the saddle. It now requires experienced and able hand capable of retooling and re-engineering our economy to generate massive jobs for our teeming unemployed youths. It is about the effective implementation of the power sector reforms, institution of a people-oriented health and education system for a sustainable and productive manpower base.”
He also quoted Atiku as having urged the 50 international and local policy experts, who will be attending the two-day session, to use the opportunity to make meaningful input into his vision to make Nigeria work again for all.
In a related development, the former Vice President is said to be considering a proposal to receive a token salary of one naira per annum.
It was learnt from sources within his campaign organisation that this is one of several ideas under consideration during the Policy Retreat Review.
It was gathered that the former Vice President may have accepted in principle the recommendations of a memo on the subject.
According to the source, Atiku Abubakar accepted to take a flat rate of N1 per annum for the duration of his tenure when he eventually emerges victorious in the 2015 presidential election.
This decision, it was leant, was based on Atiku’s avowed commitment to “give back to Nigeria for all that the country has done for him.”
The APC aspirant had, at the declaration of his intent to contest the 2015 presidential election, said he will continue to give back to Nigeria for as long as he is able and capable.
According to the source, the balance of the salary that would have accrued to Atiku Abubakar should he emerge as President, will be deployed to people-oriented charities of his choice.
He said, “I believe that Turaki may be considering taking a token salary of N1, not because he is endowed like so many others, but to underscore his preparedness to make personal sacrifices in the quest to rebuild and reinvent our dear country, and by so doing, engender a culture of sacrifice in his envisaged administration.”
When contacted, Coordinator of Atiku Media Office, Mallam Garba Shehu, said he was unaware of this development. He, however, said that nothing is off the table at the policy review retreat.
SOURCE: THE PUNCH

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