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Jonathan laments abandonment of progressive policies during regime

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan speaks to the media on the situation in Chibok and the success of the World Economic Forum in Abuja May 9, 2014. Jonathan said on Friday he believes 200 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist insurgents last month are still in his country and have not been moved to Cameroon. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW BUSINESS)

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed disappointment that some innovative ideas he introduced during his presidency were abandoned after he left office.

He expressed his grievances in a statement while serving as the Chairman at the 25th anniversary celebration of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, on Friday.

The former Bayelsa State Governor highlighted the challenges he faced in implementing progressive policies, including the admission of women into the Nigeria Defence Academy, according to Ripples Nigeria.

Despite facing resistance, he said that he was determined to break gender barriers in the military, adding that women have become integral to the military, with some even becoming accomplished jet pilots.

However, Jonathan lamented that other ideas aimed at driving technological advancement in the country were discarded.

He had introduced initiatives to promote technological innovation and drive economic growth, but these were abandoned after his presidency.

Jonathan’s comments served as a reminder of the importance of building on progress and continuity in driving innovation and growth in the country.

He said, “I recall the challenges faced by women in the military. But as President, I directed that the Nigeria Defence Academy commence admission of women into the institution.

“However some of the ideas, which could have helped in the technological development of the country were jettisoned.”

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