Addressing workers at the
He said that the realities on ground did not portray the country as a poor nation, but a nation which abundant wealth needed to be evenly redistributed.
The President added that his administration was working assiduously and putting policies in place to ensure that Nigerians had access to financial resources to create wealth for themselves.
"Aliko Dangote was recently classified among the 25 richest people in the World.
"If you talk about ownership of private jets,
"Some of you will experience that there is an amount of money you will give to a Nigerian who needs help and will not even regard it and thank you but if you travel to other countries and give such an amount, the person will celebrate.
The President added that "probably wealth is concentrated in very few hands and a number of people do not have access to it and that is why my administration is committed in terms of financial inclusiveness and we are working very hard to achieve this."
Jonathan specifically noted that in the agriculture sector, government introduced the electronic wallet for farmers in rural areas so they could access income through bank facilities.
He said government was also moving agriculture from just a rural development programme to wealth creation and major business programme, adding that government had taken pro-active steps and policies to stabilise power "so that small and medium-scale enterprises will thrive.
"The key commitment of government is to make sure that so many Nigerians have access to finance so that they will be able to create wealth for themselves."
The President also read certain political undertones in the processes of ratings by international bodies and global rating agencies.
He explained that "so many countries were downgraded economically in the few past months including some African countries.
"They looked at
"They said elections are coming, politicians are shouting at themselves, it may affect their economy, we will no longer give you stable outlook but give you negative outlook, which is same BB minus.
"When so many countries have been downgraded, they said
Jonathan assured that with the support of Nigerians and in particular, the organised labour, the nation would overcome its challenges and take its pride of palce in the globe.
"We must collectively move this country to where we want to go. Government is working with labour leaders and workers of this country to create wealth. We will sure move this country to where we want to go."
The President also reiterated that the on-going National Conference was not personal but meant to evolve a roadmap that would redefine
He said he had no personal agenda for initiating the Conference, but for the common good and progress of the country.
He added that "a number of people came to me that any President that set up this kind of conference must have a roadmap set for him. But I said to them that the roadmap is the roadmap for
"Jonathan has no personal roadmap for the conference. You can go and ask the over 500 people that are there whether I have sent any emissary to anybody to define anything for my own interest. I repeat, the issue is not Jonathan, I have spent three quarters of my life on earth.
"What we want is a
The President noted that the overall interest of the country informed the nomination of many representatives of organised labour, civil society organisations and youths to the conference.
This is the first time that the government is having a national conference and labour has such a number of representatives, he added.
He said the civil society was robustly represented at the conference and the first time that youths were well represented.
"There are 18 youth representatives at the conference which has never happen. We believe that as elders, we must prepare a country for the young generation and build a nation for our children and grandchildren.
"The conference is to redefine
He noted that the resolution of the conference would be sent to the
"I believe that at the end of the conference, if the resolutions are agreed by everybody, I will be able to work with my brothers, sisters and friends in the
"All what we want is to agree on something that is common and useful for the country. "
The Minister of Labour,
He urged labour unions to have faith in the Jonathan administration as it continued to implement policies and plans for national emancipation.
He said the administration had ensured and would continue to ensure that the voices of labour was heard.
Wogi added that the Labour Bill drafted to improve the lots of workers pending before the
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