President Muhammadu Buhari

Engage capable hands to run economy, Akande urges Buhari

NEWS DIGEST–The President, Lagos Country Club, Mr Tajudeen Akande, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to engage capable hands in running the economy, in order to give direction to government’s economic policies.

He added that the country could not afford to wait for another six months to have the economic team in place, noting that investors were easily scared off by uncertainty.

Akande said this on Tuesday at a press briefing held in Lagos to announce activities marking the 70th anniversary of the club. The briefing also witnessed the unveiling of the 70th anniversary logo.

Akande said, “The only thing the business community wants is certainty; it doesn’t matter what the economic policy is; the economy will improve when we have capable hands to run the economy.

“There must be a clear-cut policy that is well marshalled and communicated. The government must continually engage with the business community to drive home their economic policies.”

He said the objective of the club was to promote the recreational and social interest of its members and to also promote inter-ethnic and inter-racial understanding among the people.

The Director-General, Lagos Country Club 70th anniversary, Chief Babatunde Okunuga, said Nigeria had a lot to learn from the club, especially the way the club conducts its elections.

“There is nothing inconclusive about our elections here; the president spends one year; if he performs, he stands for re-election, but he cannot go for more than three terms, according to our constitution.

“We need sincerity in this country; politics is supposed to be a side attraction and not a full-time job. That is why some politicians are so desperate to win elections by all means. Politics should not be a do-or-die affair,” Okunuga said.

He listed the activities lined up for the anniversary to include a family funfair on April 22; Workers Day seminar on May 1; Children’s Day on May 27; Wellness Day on May June 8; Sports Week, between July 22 and 26; Elder’s Night on July 21; interdenominational service on July 28; anniversary lecture on July 30; Teen’s Day rave and Jumaat service on August 2 and the anniversary grand finale on August 3.

“Our anniversary is a time to look back at the good times and a time to look ahead to live our dreams together. We are a club defined by the diversity of people and strong values,” Okunuga said.