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The Punch - - EDITORIAL -

ANIYAN, John Afo­larin, Lagos State: The ru­ral ar­eas have suf­fered the con­se­quences of ne­glect by past gov­ern­ments and now is the time to ac­tu­ally in­te­grate them in Nige­ria’s de­vel­op­men­tal plan­ning. Nige­ria should take the lead in Africa to de­velop the ru­ral ar­eas. There is noth­ing wrong in pro­vid­ing ba­sic ameni­ties to ru­ral com­mu­nites.we must not wait for Bill Gates Foun­da­tion and other hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tions to turn around the liv­ing con­di­tions of our peo­ple. It’s sad to hear that hu­mans drink from the same wa­ter sources with cows or drink­ing mud or oil pol­luted wa­ter in this coun­try. Apart from the Chris­tian Broad­cast­ing Network and very few mis­sion­ar­ies, other hu­man­i­tar­ian bod­ies should take the mes­sage of love, care and peace­ful co-ex­is­tence to them in order to com­ple­ment gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts on em­pow­er­ment.

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