Abuja - A pro-democracy organisation has
bemoaned what it believes is a regression of the country over the last 55 years
The Good Governance Advocates cited such issues as an
alleged lack of national goals, decline in agricultural output and power problems
as highlighting the decline.
“How can a nation lack national goals. When purpose is
undefined then destination remains unclear. If you don't know your count how
can you plan effectively? When a nation has no goal it will end up having
abandoned projects litter on her land. Even policies will be inconsistent.”
Obi said after 55 years, the administration did not have
the correct population figure.
The last census carried out in 2006 suggested there were
140 million Nigerians but the figures were disputed. Current estimates suggest
there are more than 180 million Nigerians.
“After 55 years, we don't know the count of people living
in our country,” said Obi.
“Nigerian leaders have been recycling power from Khaki to
Agbada. A nation that was major exporter of agricultural produce; groundnut,
cocoa, palm oil, rubber in the 1960s is now major importers of food items.
"A nation that discovered oil in 1956 is yet to know
how best to refine it to meet demands of her populace.”
Obi bemoaned incessant power shortage.
Also Read: Army undettered by Independence Day bombings
“A nation where 5 hours supply of electricity is
appraised as miracle when South Africa with population of 60 million is
enjoying 40 000MW.”
Obi pointed out Nigeria’s national grid was still 7 500MW
installed capacity with generation, transmission and distribution hovering
below 4 500MW.
He posed a question to leaders who had occupied power
since Independence in 1960.
“If Nigeria is their personal project would they have
been doing it same way? If they assign managers to their companies are they
going to be happy if their treasury were looted the same way they have done or
are doing to our patrimony?”
Obi said the organisation was thus not inspired by
President Muhammadu Buhari speech at Independence Day last Thursday.
“It was not different from what have been
drumming to our ears since 1960. Our leaders will raise our hope and dash it in
a twinkle of an eye.”
- CAJ News