Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Nigeria at 55; Bishop Ezeokafor, Obiano, Umeh, others point way forward





By news48hrs.com

Reactions have continued to trail Nigeria’s 55 years independence anniversary holding on October 1, 2015. Some stakeholders, who included the clerics, politicians and youth leaders told our reporter in Awka that the country was progressing but more needed to be done.

Speaking in a recent interview, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor extolled the country for her long life and unity despite the odds, even as he urged the Federal Government to fix the power sector, because according to him, it is a panacea for accelerated economic development.

Bishop Ezeokafor, who added that epileptic power supply had shutdown many factories that would have thrived in the country, posited that the scourge was driving away both foreign and local investors, and worsening the rate of unemployment and poverty in the country.

But speaking in another interview, the proprietor and founder of Tansian University, Umunya urged the federal government to intensify efforts towards ensuring that the country harnessing her both human and natural resources, because according to him, natural oil and gas were capable of addressing the needs of her citizenry.

He also stressed the needs for the country to invest much on entrepreneurial education and skills acquisition with a view to addressing restiveness and unemployment.

On his part, Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra State, while speaking at a Special Church Service (mass) organised to mark this year’s independence anniversary at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, noted that the country is progressing, but called for sober reflection to tackle the multifarious challenges facing her.

The governor equally called for concerted efforts on the fight against corruption and increased vigilance to confront insecurity in the country.

Also speaking, Chief Victor Umeh, former national chairman, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), while charging Nigerians to sustain the unity of the country under the atmosphere of justice, equity and fairness, implored President Mohammadu Buhari to remain focused in his reforms and endeavour to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people through all inclusive government.

Speaking in an interview, Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Rita Maduagwu charged the federal government to borrow leaf from Governor Obiano in tackling insecurity with a view to moving the country forward.

However, the Anambra State Chairman of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Tony Uche Ezekwelu described the country as a toddler without independence, even as he noted that only the colour and name of people leading Nigeria that changed.

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