Osogbo - A cross section of the residents of Osogbo, the Osun capital, said on Thursday they looked forward to improved power supply and provision of better road network in the country in the New Year.
Some of the residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), expressed the hope that the federal and state governments would provide these basic amenities in 2014.
Segun Farinde, a businessman, said the New Year should see Nigerians feeling the positive impact of the privatisation of the erstwhile Power Holding Company.
“Most of the challenges facing Nigeria and Nigerians will fade naturally once there is stable supply of electricity.”
“If there is steady supply of electricity, there will be industrial growth that will take many youths off the unemployment market thereby reducing crime,’’ he said.
Kunle Oke, an automobile dealer, said the Federal Government should make sure that the new managers of the power companies are responsive to consumer demand.
“They should not see their position as an opportunity to make profit; they should also realise that there is a need for improved service without necessarily fleecing the common man.”
“Nigerians would be very grateful if improved power supply is achieved as the economic survival of the people has been threatened due to erratic power supply,” he said.
On his part, Ezekiah Olaniyan a hotel operator in the capital, urged government at all levels to ensure gainful employment for youths in the New Year.
“Many Nigerians of employable age need to be meaningfully engaged to guarantee the economic future of the country,” he said.
Ronke Olawoyin, a local government staff member, said she was looking forward to a year of stability in the economic and political sectors of the nation.
She said: “Elections will hold in some states this year and preparations for the conduct of the 2015 general elections will commence.”
“It is important that violence is prevented during and after elections.”
Banke Eluwole, a student, noted that the recent face-off between the government and university teachers had negative impact on Nigerian students.
She said there should be a means of guaranteeing absorption of fresh graduates in the labour market, noting that “many youths are still unemployed”.