Nigeria’s soon-to-be President, Muhammadu Buhari has highlighted 10 challenges ahead of his in-coming administration and has sought the support Legislators-elect to make tackling them easy when they come on board.
Buhari said this while speaking at the induction of new members of the national assembly organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja on Wednesday.
He identified the challenges as:
I. General insecurity and insurgency “that has caused extreme human hardship and destruction of lives, livelihoods” in the north-east and north-west ii. Environmental degradation in the Niger Delta
iii. Decline in revenues due to fall in oil prices
iv. Endemic corruption “which has crippled human and infrastructure development for decades”
v. Poor provision of power supply “which has had a crippling effect on development of small businesses”
vi. Deindustrialization for the past three decades leading to closure of many industries and migration of many to other African countries
vii. High levels of unemployment and especially youth unemployment which Buhari put at 40%
viii. High cost of governance “that has been crowding out capital and human development”
Erosion of public social services such as infrastructure, health and education.
Lack of development in the agricultural and solid mineral sectors.
The president-elect hopes to work closely with legislators to tackle the challenges, having noted that the legislature is a critical component and necessary ingredient of democracy and good governance.
“The legislature by nature is inherently democratic in the sense that all members are equal and are elected representatives of the Nigerian people. As President-elect, I recognise this fact and believe that legislators carry this heavy burden of representation with all the seriousness it deserves.
“For a president to be successful in addressing community development and general welfare of the various people of the country, he or she would benefit from working closely and in harmony with the legislative arm of government. “I therefore commit myself to working with the legislature as development partners motivated by the desire to deliver good governance.” Buhari said to newsmen.
Finally, he appreciated Nigerians for their role during the general election, and lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting the results of the election “before final announcement was made”.
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