- Urges FG to concentrate more on programmes that will alleviate poverty.
- Says Nigeria has a long way to go in power and agriculture.
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, has urged the Federal Government to concentrate more on policy programmes that can alleviate the suffering of Nigerians at the grassroots.
Adams, who declared that the country was currently bleeding made the call in Ikeja, Lagos while speaking as a guest at the 2nd Annual Public Lecture of Freedom Online.
Adams who noted that from all Indications, the present situation in the country showed that the majority of citizens were suffering, with little or no hope.
Speaking on issues raised at the forum by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on the state of the Nigerian economy, the Aare Ona Kakanfo, used his own personal experience to buttress the call, acknowledged that Adesina has raised some issues on the state of the nation, but said President Buhari need to address some critical issues.
“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.”
Using his own experience as an example, Adams buttressed his point, saying he spends over thirteen thousand naira (N13,000) daily on diesel to fuel his generating set, and that is the situation across the country.
He contended that it was an indication that the power sector was not working currently in the country.
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Speaking further, Iba Adams said the President Muhammadu Buhari- led Federal Government needed to also focus attention on the agricultural sector, pointing out available records indicated that Nigeria had still had a long way to go even though the country was ranked among the most vibrant in the world.
“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,” he said.
He noted that from all indices, it is no doubt that the Nigerian economy needs total overhauling.
“Though we have exited recession as claimed by Adesina, efforts should also be made to revamp the economy from the abyss of stagnation,” he added.