By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on Federal Government to do more to deliver the dividends of democracy by coming up with policies that will be favourable to the Nigerian masses.
IPAC made the call on Wednesday at a World Press Conference on the state of the Nigerian nation at 60 in Abuja.
Speaking, the chairman, Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC) Leonard Nzenwa explained that despite the struggles of many Nigerians due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the masses are still faced with challenges such as increase in prices of electricity and fuel.
Commending the Labour Union on shelving its planned strike which would have resulted in what he described as sweet-bitter disharmonious industrial action, the council urged that the agreement reached between the Labour Union and the government be complied with by both parties.
“IPAC sees regular Fuel Increase and Electricity Hike during this period when Nigerians are still struggling to cope with debilitating impact from COVID 19 and its aftermath as DOUBLE BLOW OF DEATH delivered on Nigerians and call on Mr. President to come to the aid.
“We advise that final outcome arrived pre-suspension which include understanding reached, with agreement procured to the effect that parties de-scale bellicose posturing be adhered strictly with till negotiations recommences forth night as fixed” Nzenwa said.
IPAC which is the body of registered political parties in Nigeria said the electoral process in the just concluded Edo gubernatorial elections is an indication of how successful an electoral process can be if everyone plays by the rules.
The body however commended the Independent National Electoral Commission and the people of Edo for standing and protecting their votes and ensuring that no politician stole ballot boxes under any guise or manipulated the system.
Nzenwa further urged the people of Ondo State to replicate the Edo election by ensuring that their vote counts in the forthcoming election come October 10, 2020.
IPAC also charged INEC to deepen the electoral process with the use of technology. IPAC wants the electoral body to improve on the card reader to ensure that e-voting is made a reality in Nigeria.
On ASUU strike and closure of schools, Nzenwa called for the reopening of all schools in the country with strictly enforced observance of COVID-19 protocols.
According to IPAC, government and ASUU should resume negotiation with a view to iron out their differences.
Other issues calling for attention according to the body are Health, Economy, Security and fight against corruption.