April 19, 2019
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has urged the Federal government to work on policy programmes that can alleviate the suffering of Nigerians at the grassroots.
Adams, who was a guest at the 2nd annual Public Lecture of Freedom Online, in Ikeja, Lagos, said from all Indications, the present situation in the country shows that majority of Nigerians are suffering, with little or no hope.
While reacting to issues raised by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on the state of the Nigerian economy, Adams, who eulogised the efforts of the publishers of the online platform, Apostle Akinadewo, said the platform presents a better opportunity for him to tell the president, through his spokesman, that he needs to concentrate on programmes that have direct impact on the lives of the people of the grassroots.
‘My brother, Mr. Femi Adesina, has raised some issues on the state of the nation, he is doing his job, and however, I want you to tell Mr. President that Nigeria is bleeding.
‘From my experience so far, I think President Buhari needs to attend to some critical issues that need urgent attention. Let me use my personal experience to buttress my point. I spend over thirteen thousand naira (13,000) daily on diesel to fuel my generating set.
‘And that is the situation across the country. That shows the power sector is not working. Another area that the president needs to work on is the agricultural sector. The facts and figures show that we still have a long way to go if Nigeria is to be ranked among the most vibrant countries in the world.
‘From all indices, it is no doubt that our economy needs total overhauling. Though, we have exited recession as claimed by Mr. Adesina, efforts should also be made to revamp the economy from the abyss of stagnation”, he said.
Meanwhile, Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi was the guest speaker. Fayemi, who was represented by Prof. Akin Oyebode, spoke on the topic: “Fixing the Economy: Less Politics, more Substance, said Nigeria has the potentials to be among the most prosperous nations in the world, however, certain things need to be done. The governor said there should be a road map to determine development, giving instances of what Ekiti state is doing presently to boost the economy of the state.
“For Nigeria to achieve its potentials our economy must be competitive, we must have a critical policy framework that can give foreign investors the confidence to create and make Nigeria a global investment market. We need to develop a lasting social investment in all sectors, including, power, education, agriculture and trade. We need a knowledge economy that can truly translates to what is obtainable in the developed world”, the governor said.
Other guests present at the event include, Former governor of Abia state and the Senator-Elect, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Prof. Akin Onigbinde, Managing Director, Daily Telegraph Newspapers, Funke Egbemode, Osi Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Balogun,Mr. Rahmon Nasir, and Hajia Lani Tumaka, among others.