President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, in Lagos said the Federal Government would do everything humanly possible for Nigerians to continue to enjoy the full benefits of democracy.
He spoke through the Vice President, Alhaji Namadi Sambo at a ceremony marking the beginning of the 75th anniversary of the Ikoyi Club in Lagos.
The club which has 15,000 junior and ordinary members was established in 1938 to cater for the recreational needs of expatriates and other Nigerian civil servants and businessmen during the colonial era.
Jonathan said the privatisation of the power among other sectors was part of the reformation agenda of the Federal Government aimed at enabling Nigerians to enjoy the full benefits of democracy.
’’Nigerians are to enjoy full benefits of democracy. With improved electricity supply, the creative potentials of our people will be greatly unleashed to continue to challenge the best in world,’’ he said.
According to him, the present administration also identified with the club’s ethics, noting that as part of its agenda for human and national development, the government ‘’supports development and promotes recreation in order to create a healthy and productive citizenry.
“In this era of many health challenges arising from sedentary living and inadequate exercises, an institution that encourages harmony through recreation is worthy of being celebrated.”
The President pointed out that the government would encourage the club to meet the demands of its membership, stressing that in this regard, “the club and the Federal Government can be regarded as transformation partners.”
Jonathan who stated that he was looking forward to a time when he too would join the club to enjoy its sports facilities, however, commended the club for embarking on a multi-storey car park project for its members and asked members to ensure that the N2.1billion project was completed in record time.