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Right political will key to rapid development

23 May 2013, 07:44

Abuja - A German industrialist, Mr Michael Struve, has said that the right political will from those in government is needed to make Nigeria the envy of other nations.

Struve made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the support of all Nigerians was key to Federal Government`s transformation agenda and the development of the country.

He identified the lack of regular power supply,  youth unemployment and lack of potable water supply in parts of the country as some of the country`s major challenges.

Struve maintained that the challenges could be surmounted with the right political will as being exhibited by President Goodluck Jonathan.

"There are lots of lacks and lots of chances to address them, but we must start talking now and we must start immediately to solve all these lacks.

"I think the President with his transformation agenda has started to change Nigeria already.

"I see lots of lacks and challenges in the country but there is a solution to all these. Though the transformation agenda is huge, I think it is achievable with proper articulation and the support of all Nigerians including those in the Diaspora,’’ Struve said.

He expressed optimism that the transformation agenda of the Jonathan administration would ensure the country`s greatness.

He called for the proper harnessing of the country`s environmental resources to address some of the challenges.

"In Germany, we have 1.2 million jobs with environmental bases, and these jobs are clean and everybody is happy.

"We see a lot of possibility in the waste management here in Nigeria which could be converted to wealth,’’ he said.

Struve said that plastic waste in the country could for instance, be turned into dry oil if processed while organic waste could be used to produce fertiliser for food production and energy generation.

"From 20, 000 tonnes of waste per year, one mega watts of electricity could be produced,’’ he noted.

He said that his company, Prof Dr-Ing Hartung and Partner, had  already collaborated with Bauchi State Government to harness some of its natural resources.
"Nigeria is a God blessed country with good soil and lots of mineral deposit, land and good human resources,’’ he added.

He said that it was about time the Federal Government paid more attention to agriculture, adding it formed the basis for the development of most advanced economies.

"200 years ago, Germany and the entire Europe was completely based on agriculture before we started the industrialisation of other things.’’ Struve said.



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