The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Sen. (Dr) Abdullahi Adamu recently appointed Comr. Ben Duntoye as his Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society.
This gesture has been recieving nationwide commendation within the Civil Society Community and Youth Constituency.
National Coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition for Good Governance, Mr Charles Ibiang while commending the National Chairman of APC for the appointment, described the Civil Society as the “Third-leg” in the tripod of nationhood, alongside the Public and Private Sectors, further stated that Duntoye’s pedigree, commitment to national development, credible records within the Civil Society Space, coupled with his strong faith in ideals of the APC must have been responsible for this appointment.
Ibiang added that Adamu is the first Political Party Chairman in Nigeria to recognize the role of Civil Society in this manner, towards deepening Democratic Governance in Nigeria.
Responding to the development, the National Chairman of the Arewa Young Leaders Consultative Forum (AYLCF), Comrade Jubril Abdullahi Muregi, said Duntoye’s appointment is a clear demonstration of Senator Adamu’s belief in the potency of the Civil Society as a major anchor of Development Efforts.
” Sen. Adamu deserve commendation for this historic and strategic appointment of a seasoned personality. The Civil Society Community sincerely appreciates him for his leadership and commend him for this gesture.” He was quoted as saying.
A foremost Youth Leader, Blessing Akinlosotun, President Nigerian Youth Congress, extolled the virtues of Hon. Duntoye, going down memory lane citing Ben Duntoye as former President of Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) and a former President, National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
He further revealed that Duntoye was also a member of the Civil Society, Youth and Women delegation to the National Political Reform Conference 2005 and the head of the Youth Delegation to the National Conference 2014.
He was equally one of the Civil Society Representatives in the Nigeria Vision 2020 Steering Committee and was a former Honorable Commissioner for Information and Communications in Kwara State.
Cross Section of Civil Society Activists interviewed across the nation asserted that this appointment was a very strategic action by the National Chairman of the APC which has further endeared the Party to the public.