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Past leaders failed to take tough decisions, says Abiodun
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, says Nigeria past leaders’ inability to take “painful but necessary decisions” should be blamed for the country’s woes.
The governor stated this on Thursday when he led other members of state executive council and heads of security agencies, among others to commemorate the nation’s 60th independence anniversary held in Abeokuta.
The governor said though the country was facing numerous challenges, the fact that it was still standing and moving forward called for celebration.
He, however, urged the current leaders in the country to summon courage and take tough decisions for the good of the present generation and building a strong foundation on which oncoming generations could improve on.
Wike advocates effective power devolution
In Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike said Nigeria’s development will remain stunted without strong institutions that will promote devolution of power.
Wike made the assertion at an event to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day celebration at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
He said it was time for Nigerians to confront core political and economic issues that hampered sustained growth.
Diri preaches unity, love among Nigerians
In Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri, urged Nigerians in general and Bayelsans in particular to demonstrate unity and love towards one another in order to achieve a better society.
In a state-wide broadcast aired on Yenagoa-based radio stations on Thursday to mark Nigeria’s 60th and the Bayelsa’s 24th anniversaries, Diri said Nigerians must “emphasise the things that unite us as we have much in common than those things that divide us.”
Don’t give up on Nigeria, Obaseki urges youths
Meanwhile, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday called on Nigerians, especially the youths not to give up on the nation’s quest to attain the dreams of its founding fathers.
Speaking at the Government House in Benin on Thursday as the country marks its 60th independence anniversary, Obaseki described that this year’s theme, ‘Together’ as apt, considering the numerous challenges threatening the nation’s unity despite the obvious frustration and anger across all segments of the nation.
Zulum calls for renewed patriotism
Meanwhile, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, on Thursday called for renewed patriotism from all Nigerians.
The governor, in a statement on Nigeria’s Independence Day celebration, conveyed his well wishes to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and all fellow citizens on the Nation’s 60th anniversary.
Zulum thanked Nigerians from the North and South who had shown empathy for the people of Borno in the midst of daunting challenges facing the state.
Reconstruct Benin-Warri highway, Okowa tells FG
Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the Federal Government to embark on a total reconstruction of Benin-Warri highway, saying the road has collapsed.
He also urged the government to give urgent attention to the Agbor-Eku road within the state, which he said, was also in a deplorable condition.
The governor made the call at an interdenominational thanksgiving service at the Government House Chapel, Asaba, on Thursday, to mark the independence anniversary of the country.
He said, “I will use this opportunity to appeal to the Federal Government to attend to the Benin-Warri road; it requires total reconstruction.
“The interventions we have been doing over the years definitely cannot bring any solutions at the moment. We will see what we can do as soon as the rains are over, but that road requires total reconstruction.”
Ortom asks FG to convene another national confab
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday proposed a Sovereign National Conference to address the challenges facing the nation.
Ortom made the call during the interdenominational independence and thanksgiving service organised by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria in conjunction with the state government held at the Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Square, Makurdi.
The governor argued that the challenges facing the country were beyond ethnic, partisan, economic and security issues, calling on Nigerians to put aside their tribal and political differences, come together and chart a way forward for the country.
He maintained that this could be realised through a Sovereign National Conference.
Lamenting the manner the report of the national conference held during the former President Goodluck Jonathan was jettisoned, Ortom said the nation might have moved forward if the report had been dusted and implemented.