Del­e­gates: Nigeria can’t grow with poverty, cor­rup­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Nigeria’s for­mer Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions Pro­fes­sor Ibrahim Gam­bari said Nigeria was yet to meet the vi­sions of its found­ing fa­thers al­most 54 years af­ter in­de­pen­dence.

Gam­bari said this yes­ter­day at the ple­nary of the Na­tional Con­fer­ence. He said the way out would be struc­tural and pol­icy changes in such a man­ner that poverty would be erad­i­cated and un­em­ploy­ment will cease to ex­ist while in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion should re­ceive se­ri­ous at­ten­tion.

He said no change will suc­ceed as ex­pected ex­cept there is at­ti­tu­di­nal change in the cit­i­zenry such that crimes like cor­rup­tion can be elim­i­nated.

The diplo­mat said it was im­ma­te­rial what­ever ar­gu­ment people would pro­pound at the con­fer­ence, rather the most im­por­tant thing would be to use the God-given op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions that will pull the coun­try out of the woods.

Speak­ing on se­cu­rity, Al­haji Kashim Ibrahim Imam from Borno state lamented the spate of killings and de­struc­tion of means of liveli­hood by the in­sur­gents in the state.

He said govern­ment should es­tab­lish a N300 bil­lion re­con­struc­tion fund for the re­build­ing of the state, say­ing the so­lu­tion to in­sur­gency lies in job cre­ation and mass lit­er­acy cam­paign.

On his part, the Emir of Ilorin, Al­haji Sulu Gam­bari, cau­tioned that re­li­gion should not raise tem­pers but should be han­dled ma­turely as a very sen­si­tive is­sue that is ca­pa­ble of tear­ing the na­tion apart.

Del­e­gate Gaskiya Jaye from the civil so­ci­ety said class di­vi­sion as man­i­fested in the yawn­ing gap be­tween the rich and the poor, poverty and un­em­ploy­ment present more threat to the ex­is­tence of Nigeria than re­li­gion.

He said “if we re­struc­ture this coun­try and there is no fair­ness and eq­uity, we would be re­struc­tur­ing poverty.”

Chief Olu Falae (left) with Al­haji Tanko Yaka­sai, dur­ing the Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day. Pic: Ikechukwu Ibe

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