Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako yesterday, asked President Goodluck Jonathan to forget about the proposed national conference and pay more attention to delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Nyako described the planned confab as a waste of time and scarce resources, which ordinarily should have been used to provide social amenities.
According to the governor, Nigerians need concrete development projects that could enhance their life expectancy and not talk shops that add no real value to life.
Nyako’s criticism of the planned national dialogue comes on the heels of the Ebonyi State governor, Martin Elechi’s opposition to the talks which he said was a huge joke, waste of time and distraction to the president.
Nyako said: “Governor Elechi is absolutely right. What we need now is a development programme and not national conference or dialogue.
“We need critical infrastructure; we need ports and railway system, functional and compulsory education for Nigerians and not talk shops that cannot take us to anywhere.
“We need primary schools that can be described as the best in the world. We do not need too much grammar about developing Nigeria, but concrete efforts and the political will by the government to translate talks into reality for the overall benefit of Nigerians”.