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Advocates see little to celebrate at Independence

05 October 2015, 08:47Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - A pro-democracy organisation has bemoaned what it believes is a regression of the country over the last 55 years of independence.

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.

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“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


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