John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), has expressed optimism that the current economic hardship being experienced in the country will be the last it will ever go through.
The APC chairman who gave this assurance at the occasion of his 77th birthday also said the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari inherited a battered economy from the previous government just as he added that the fall in global price of crude oil was also a challenge the present administration had had to contend with.
He said, “It has been tough times for the nation, when we were campaigning and it is necessary to continue to hammer on this part, we did not, we were not in government.
“We knew things were very bad, but we did not know they were as bad we eventually found them and the revelations that come out every day continue to buttress that fact.
“Secondly, and that is very important nobody ever expected the price of crude to collapse in the way it has done and one can only repeat what Mr president said a few days ago.”
Oyegun also assured the Staff working at the National Secretariat of the party that necessary arrangements have been put in place to ensure that they get improved welfare.
“For you to give me this kind of reception I think it is something I would always remember.
“I want to thank each and every one of you who is here this evening. I am sure that God in his infinite mercy will bless all of you.
“I know you have worked under extreme conditions. You were here when we were just a few staff. When this building was in need of rehabilitation, when we had no chairs to sit on.
“Quietly, we had setup a committee to look into the service conditions of members of the staff of the national secretariat.
“That committee was headed by no person than the deputy national chairman south, he has completed his assignment, with that being on our side I’m sure members of the secretariat would have course to smile in the months ahead,” he said.