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President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, during PDP presidential rally held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Edo, said Nigeria needs transformation in all sectors of its economy and not change, which he said the opposition All Progressives Congresses was clamouring for.
The rally, which involves the First Lady, Mrs. Jonathan, the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, as well as state and national leaders of the party, including its National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu; the Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih; and the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, drew a large crowd of supporters from neighbouring states, who arrived at the stadium in coastal buses.
President Jonathan explained that, rather than change, which he said occurred “if you move from your bedroom to your sitting room, the nation needed to be transformed into a first-world country, through meaningful infrastructural development.”
President Jonathan, who had called for support for the ruling party at the rally, later switched to Pidgin English, said, “Change takes place everyday. If you move from your bedroom to your sitting room, you have made a change. But you have not transformed yourself. If you move from your sitting room to your kitchen, you have changed. But you have not transformed yourself.
“We will move this country forward. Singapore and Nigeria used to be on the same level. But someone transformed Singapore from third-world to first-world. That is the transformation we are talking about. We are not talking about somebody turning and saying, ‘I’ve changed,” we are talking about transformation.
He noted that, apart from road construction and developing the railway system, his administration was also interested in developing the talents of youths in construction industry, through establishment of an institute of construction technology in the state.