Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Address service delivery - Governor

25 June 2013, 08:41Emeka Adebanji

Abuja - Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, blamed the unrest in the northern parts of the country on failure by politicians to address the plight of their subjects.

The premier said political leaders were preoccupied with struggles for power at the expense of service delivery.

The resultant high poverty levels, Shettima said, fuelled unrest in the region and the country as a whole.

"We have to improve on the quality of governance because leadership is a covenant between us and our people. We must ensure that we attend to the fundamental needs of our people.

"Life is all about economic development. Political dexterity does not earn one a place of reckoning in the committee of nations but the strength of one's economy determines the respect one gets," he said in Maiduguri where he hosted members of the presidential committee.

"The issue in Nigeria is always about the last election and the next election and nobody cares about what happens in between which is agitating the minds of all Nigerians.

"Here, we are busy struggling for superiority, we talk about who becomes Nigerian Governors Forum chairman and automatic ticket for candidates when leaders elsewhere are addressing problems affecting their people."

He painted a grim picture of the Nigerian economy in the next decade and the ability of the country to sustain its citizens.

According to analysts, the United States will be independent of foreign oil because of the alternative energy sources at its disposal.

It is reported in five years’ time, 14 African countries will become oil producers while Nigeria's population will be 250 million.

"...but nobody is thinking, nobody is giving us an idea on how to attend to the needs of these people and it is envisaged that the price of oil will plummet to 35 dollars per barrel. Even now, at $100 dollars per barrel we are finding it difficult to meet our needs," said Shettima.

- CAJ News


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...