Tukur Rallies Forces For African Integration, Hosts African Ministers Of FinanceUncategorized Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Immediate past National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has canvassed for regional integration of Africa to enhance the unity and greater economic prosperity of the continent.
Tukur said he would deploy personal links and experience as an international businessman to galvanize the support of African leaders for the proposal on African Integration.
He said the regional integration of Africa would mean that the continent would be managing a common economy, common transportation system to be buoyed mainly by rail lines, common passport among the citizens, as well as back to back exchange of ideas by the countries.
The President African Business Round Table and NEPAD Group made this known in Abuja Friday night when hosting Ministers of Finance from African countries to a lavish diner which took place at his residence in Wuse 2, Abuja.
He said for Africa’s regionalisation to be attained, the countries must individually and collectively dismantle what he described as the shackles of tribalism, regionalism, racism, ethnic partcularism and the vestiges of colonialism, which had held the continent down for long.
He told the African Finance Ministers to ensure that their different governments pull resources together to ensure the hastening of the growth of Africa as a region, urging the countries to equally shun violence and class division in their quest to unite.
Said he, “For African continent to move forward and assume her rightful place in the comity of nations of the world, there is need for us to pull our resource together, this need cannot be over emphasized for this is the right path towards making our continent economic power which is long overdue.
“I call for an African continent where education, Infrastructural facilities such as Water Supply, Electricity, Good Roads, Bridges and the likes would be in place. I dream of an Africa where wars, pestilence, violence, insecurity and other forms of instability will be eradicated through good governance based on equity and justice.
African Ministers of Finance from Algeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Egypt, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana and others were in attendance.
The occasion also witnessed the presence of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Pocock, as well as some members of the Diplomatic Corps in Nigeria.
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