– Says Buhari’s Administration Inherited A Lot Of Challenges
– As Gov. Rochas Okorocha Says This Is Not The Time To Complain But To Comply
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Engineer Babachir David Lawal has said that President Mohammadu Buhari is laying the foundation for a secured and prosperous nation that Nigerians would not only desire but would all deserve.
Engr. Lawal also said that the administration of President Buhari inherited a lot of Challenges that all Nigerians are aware of, ranging from insecurity in the Country especially in the North East to massive corruption across the land, with the Country being run then with unprecedented level of impunity, adding that the economy the administration inherited was in a precarious situation, and that with determination, the administration of President Buhari in less than two years has achieved tremendous result in tackling insecurity and corruption amongst others.
The SGF spoke after he was conferred with the FELLOWSHIP AWARD of the Imo State Polytechnic Umuagwo during the Institution’s 5th Convocation Ceremony on Friday, February 24, 2017, stressing that the government of President Buhari is calling on all minds and bodies to be ready for deployment to rediscover the Country and restore it to a great position amongst other nations that it rightly deserves.
His words “In this bid, we must in earnest commence a new journey of rapid and sustained economic growth that will usher in prosperity for all our citizens. Despite the challenges that we are confronted with, Nigerians should not despair. The journey for a better Nigeria has commenced in earnest. Nigeria being a great nation is not in doubt that with our population and natural resources our economy should be amongst the best in the world. What has held us down as a nation is corruption. Corruption in government at all levels has totally destroyed our nation. It is evident in key sectors like educational system, healthcare delivery, infrastructural development and provision of social services. Massive corruption has crippled our economy and dwarfed our individual potentials including limiting the enterprising and intellectual capacity of our people”.
He continued “This administration has started the war against corruption and the results are there in public domain for everyone to see, large sums of money has been recovered from former public office holders many of whom are been prosecuted at the various Courts. The fight must be encouraged and sustained by all well-meaning Nigerians. Whistle blowing policy was recently introduced and several billions has been recovered through a number of disclosures. I urge Nigerians to use the mentality of the whistle blowing policy to support government in the fight against corruption”.
He further stressed that “Government is aware of the pains Nigerians are bearing today. All efforts are been made to reverse the situation and revive our economy. However, we must consider the genesis of the problem so that we will not make the same mistakes again. Massive corruption is the major reason for the state of the economy, because the money allocated for various sectors of the national development were directed into private pocket”.
“This government has introduced diversification policy and in the shortest possible time results will be coming in like we are doing in the area of rice and wheat production. On the youths, the government of PMB is doing everything possible to create sustainable jobs as 30,000 jobs are already been created through one of its programmes”, he stated.
Governor Rochas Okorocha in his own speech at the event said “this is not the time to weep or complain in the struggle to nationhood, it is a time to comply. Nigeria must write the history of this recession just like other developed nations in their journey to greatness”.
He said “President Buhari is building a strong foundation for sustainable growth of the nation. Whoever that is waiting for Buhari to build sky scrapers and historic tunnels may be wasting time as his job is to lay a solid foundation so that successive governments will have a good foundation to build upon. We must all support him and pray for him as his coming as the President is divine and its purpose must be fulfilled”.
On Imo Polytechnic he said “We must adopt wisdom by tying this institution around the neck of successful business men in our society because government alone cannot carry this responsibility. To the graduands, the institution has honoured them with certificates after years of tiling, reading, burning candles, but let me tell you that this is the beginning of your journey. The certificate in your hands would determine your future depending on how you apply and use it. The days of white collar jobs are gone. The days of frivolities are over. This is the time to think outside the box and see a way to contribute your quota to nationhood”.
Highlight of the event was the Conferment of the chairman of the governing council of the Institution on Sir Emeka Offor whom he charged to take the school to enviable height while commending the outgoing chairman Prince Charles Amadi for a work well done.