27 November 2011
PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan is to meet with political leaders, including governors and other elected representatives across the country, this week to discuss socio-economic matters needing urgent attention.
Although details of the meeting were still unclear last night, The Guardian gathered from an impeccable source in the Presidency that individual invitations were being extended to political leaders and elected officials for meetings this week.
The meeting, which will specifically focus on political parties, also has, in its top agenda, according to the source, the once-knotty issue of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), security and fuel subsidy removal.
The issue of security has, for several months, been a major source of concern in the country with the Presidency making efforts to stem the tide of terrorist attacks in some parts of the country. The presidency has also been tasked on pockets of socio-political issues in some parts of the country, the most recent being the controversy surrounding the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) disqualification of Governor Timpreye Sylva for its Bayelsa primary election and emergence of Hon. Seriake Dickson as its flag bearer for the 2012 gubernatorial elections.
Similarly, the Federal Government has also had an uphill task convincing the 36 state governors and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to holistically subscribe to the letter and spirit of the Sovereign Wealth Fund.