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Govs list restructuring, others as solutions to Nigeria’s woes



As Nigeria marked its 57 th independence anniversary on Sunday, state governors identified various challenges facing the nation and made suggestions towards the development of the country

The Ondo State Governor , Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu , underscored the need for Nigerians to be united towards building a prosperous nation.

Akeredolu , who spoke during a special thanksgiving service organised by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria to mark the anniversary at the Saint David’ s Anglican Church , Ijomu, Akure , said, “ We have had moments of serious trials which threatened our tenuous resolve for existential amity . ”

Represented by his deputy, Mr . Agboola Ajayi , the governor added, “ There have been impressions which excite suspicion and commend centrifugal preferences. However , perspicacity , placed on experiential pedestal, suggests , strongly, our continued co -existence as we improve on the level of understanding based on the received national template . ”
Akeredolu also stated his administration ’ s resolve to make life more meaningful for the people of Ondo State.

“ We shall protect all and sundry and continue to erect structures which will deter the deviants and undesirable elements , ” he said .

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike , in his message, traced Nigeria’ s woes to the failure to restructure the country towards a progressive path since independence .

Wike , who made this remark during his Independence Day address at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt on Sunday, stated that Nigerians must unite behind the national flag and set aside the narrative of division, violence and hate .

He said , “ After nearly 18 unbroken years of democracy and despite positive assertions to the contrary , our democracy keeps floundering under the watch of the Federal Government just as the vast majority of Nigerians are alienated from the state and estranged from the development process and denied the dividends of democracy.

“ If economic progress is the test of our democracy , then we have woefully failed as a nation. For 57 years, we abandoned all other economic options and depended on a single economic product derived from the natural bowels of the Niger Delta . ”

On the way forward, Wike pointed out that Nigerians must be committed to sincere leadership , socio -economic justice , fiscal federalism , rule of law, free and fair elections , respect for human rights, eradication of poverty, access to quality education, full employment and the guarantee of peaceful existence.

To the Akwa Ibom State Governor , Mr. Udom Emmanuel , the task of freeing Nigeria from its economic woes and entrenching viable societies depended more on leadership.

Speaking in Uyo on Sunday , he urged leaders to look at other creative ways of growing the country ’ s economy through the use of 21 st century tools.

“ Though we may have experienced economic downturn lately, there is a silver lining in the sky ; our recession will soon be over, thank God! This is the time for our leaders to deploy our huge natural blessings to create an economically viable society where the youths would have jobs and hopes of growth and development .

“ Let us look at other creative ways of growing our economy, using the tools of the 21 st century and engendering in us , a new moral and psychological attitude based on the belief that God endowed us all with special and unique gifts and we must appropriate these gifts for the betterment of ourselves and the society at large , ” he said.

Emmanuel said he would pursue programmes that would ensure food sufficiency and quality education for the Akwa Ibom people .

The Kwara State Governor , Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, urged Nigerians to jealously guard the nation’ s freedom and do nothing that would truncate its nationhood .

Ahmed, represented by the Secretary to the Kwara State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold, spoke during the celebration at the Metropolitan Square in Ilorin , the Kwara State capital.

He said , “ These are however not the best of times for our country . I want to re-assure all patriotic citizens of our dear country that this administration will remain focused in the pursuit of change to bring back the lost glory of this great nation in the shortest possible time.
He said though conflict was unavoidable, Nigeria’ s diversity should remain its source of unity .

In his speech on Sunday at the Sani Abacha Stadium , Kano, the Kano State Governor , Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje , cautioned against hate speeche and condemned violent agitations which resulted in loss of lives .

He reminded Nigerians of the sacrifices made by founding fathers to ensure the stability and unity of the country ..

Ganduje urged Nigerians , irrespective of tribes and religions, to embrace dialogue and present their grievances through constitutional means towards amicable resolution .

He urged Nigerians to uphold the unity and oneness of the country in the interest of the present and future generations .

In Benin, the celebration started with a church service held at the Christ Embassy zonal headquarters in Benin. There , the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, noted that Nigerians should remain united as a nation towards achieving greatness.

He said , “ As a country , we are endowed. The problem is not Nigeria. We only need to change our attitude as a people and the nation will certainly grow and develop and our people will prosper . ”.

Obaseki also approved the release of 70 inmates from various prisons across the state .
The governor, who announced the release in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy , Mr. Crusoe Osagie , described it as a step towards improving the justice delivery system in the state , even as he added that the beneficiaries would be sternly cautioned to stay away from crime before they regained their freedom .

Similarly , the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano , on Sunday commuted the jail sentences of eight prisoners on death row to life imprisonment.

The governor disclosed this during a church service at the Saint Matthew’ s Catholic Church, Akpu in the Orumba North Local Government Area of the state .

He said the gesture was in the exercise of his powers on prerogative of mercy .
Some of the prisoners , he disclosed, had spent 18 years in prisons.

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