THE Federal polytechnic, Bida, Niger state has said that it has concluded arrangements to give a fellowship award to the National chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) and four other distinguished Nigerians during the 15th combined convocation ceremony of the institution holding on Wednesday March 28, 2018, for taking the lead in ousting former ruling People’s Democratic Party.
The Rector of the institution, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, who led other principal officers disclosed at the National secretariat of the party in Abuja on Tuesday that Oyegun’s choice was informed by many successes recorded by the APC-led administration, describing him as a “master strategist”.
“We have taken into consideration, your (Odigie-Oyegun) contribution to education generally, both in and outside government. But more significantly, being a national chairman of a party that brought in this government, it wasn’t an easy task but you succeeded because you are a master strategist.
“Having put in place this government, the government has been doing wonderfully well to the acceptance and admiration of Nigerians. For instance, in the area of security, it only in one or two places you hear the menace of Boko Haram and other security challenges.
“In the area of economy, this is a government that came when oil prices crashed, but as a result of various economic measures taken by this government, we are out of recession. The credit has gone to this government. Without your party producing people who can perform, we cannot be talking of achieving.
“In the area of infrastructure development, any time we travel on our roads, we see so much work going on. There has been a lot of improvement. In the area of agriculture, many Nigerians have gone back to farms. For the first time, the importation of rice according to statistics has reduced drastically.
“The fight against corruption has been a cornerstone of this administration’s policy and it is achieving results. It is no longer business as usual. While we take all of this into consideration, we are convinced beyond reasonable doubt that we have made a right choice.”
In his response, Oyegun said, despite difficulties and challenges, the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration is delivering on its election promises.
He said the fight against corruption, one of the major promises of the APC is being won to the extent that it can no longer be a threat to the national economy, where it becomes an acceptable way of life, of doing business.
According to him, “I am particularly pleased by your recognition that inspite of difficulties, challenges the government of the APC is delivering on its promises to the Nigerian people. That is important for me and I really see this award as coming to me on behalf of the government and party.
“It is the passionate leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari that has made it impossible for opponents to distract and derail the administration. Yes, there are still challenges in the land, there is no question about it and as you rightly said, we took over in very difficult circumstances including a fundamental problem of the collapse of the price of crude oil.
“Conditions were such that we needed an extraordinary man of courage to be able to lead the country out the crisis that we inherited to the increasing economic stability and progress which this nation clearly is beginning to attain.
Odigie-Oyegun said in the area of security, the administration has recorded successes particularly in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists which have been limited to attack on soft targets.
“What is clear is that Boko Haram has been degraded to the extent that they do not occupy any inch of Nigerian territory where it can raise its flag,” he said.
Other awardees are: Niger state governor, Alh. Sani Bello; Kogi state governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state and HRH (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe and Chairman Niger state council of traditional rulers.