Due to the lingering political, financial, religious and ethnic crises in Nigeria, Nigerians are not only losing hope but are also gradually losing sight of the bigger picture of the country.
Having failed Nigerians in basically every way possible, President Muhammadu Buhari’s words no long hold water before most Nigerians as such words are never kept.
Remember, one of Buhari’s campaign promises was not only to put an end to corruption and stabilize the country’s dying economy but he also promised a better life for Nigerian youths through his change agenda where “Social Investment Programme” (SIP) falls under.
This is more than two years into Buhari’s tenure and the situation of things in the country keeps getting worse by the day.
At the moment, Nigeria has one of the most devalued currencies in the world with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) coming up with different forex policies as well as investing the country’s limited revenue into the forex market with the promise of making the naira stronger. Yet, it has been a story as usual.
Again, recession has been the order of the day since the past two years and there hasn’t been any sign that things will get better any moment from now.
While thousands of Nigerian graduates are currently jobless, others are losing their jobs and sources of livelihood at the wake of each day due to the economic down turn in the country.
Should we talk about the level of insecurity in the country or the poor educational system/policies?
Agriculture which is one of Nigeria’s viable economic boosters is gradually going into extinction due to negligence by the government.
Thus, while we commend president Buhari for approving the N80 billion for construction of Niger-Delta bridge as well as roads in 12 other states of the federation, we also call his attention and that of his cabinet members’ to the numerous issues bothering the Nigerian child.
According to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who made the announcement, the states to benefit from this project include; Adamawa, Taraba, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Plateau, Osun, Kwara, Kano, Oyo, Enugu and Kaduna. Adding that;
“The approval is also for the engineering and consultancy design for access roads 1 and 2 to link Asaba in Delta State and Onitsha in Anambra State to link the Second Niger Bridge project.
“Subsequent to the award of further works on the Second Niger Bridge, we have started work now by this approval on the design of the link road that will connect the two states to the bridge.
“The design is expected to be completed in six months and we will start procurement and as the bridge advances we can then connect the two states. The contract sum is N150.840 million,” Vanguard reported.
Therefore, as Nigerians laud buhari’s effort here, they should also know that it only fair for them as citizens to have these basic amenities.
This calls on this present administration to come up with plans that in a long term, will still significantly impact the country’s revenue.
In the words of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, “We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms.”
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