Friday, 15 April 2016

Governors responsible for southeast backwardness - Chris Ngige

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige has connected the economically backward state of the southeast region to the lack of visionary leadership by political leaders in the region.

During a speech at the Enugu state investment summit on Friday, April 8, Ngige faulted the governors of Southeast for not taking advantage of regional integration to grow the zone’s economy, Guardian reports. 

He said the current economic uncertainty experienced in Nigeria offers everybody, including the government, opportunity to look inwards and diversify the economy.

“For those of us who go into government, we are not in government to serve ourselves. 

“Unfortunately, people go into government and they think they are there for their immediate families,” he said. 

According to him, governors in the zone needed to realise that Nigeria is a federation where much depended on what you do for your people in terms of development individually.

“If the governors promote this issue of regional highway, particularly in the agrarian areas, it will be beneficial for posterity and modernise farming in these areas,” Ngige said. 

He told to the governors to open up the zone for investments by embracing business friendly policies and ensuring that good roads were built. 

“During my time as governor of Anambra State, we embarked on building federal roads that passed through our state because they were impassable from Niger Bridge. I told my fellow governors then, that we should consider South-East regional road integration in view of the fact that our people are traders and like to move. 

“I picked a major road project from Igboukwu up to Isuochi. 

“I asked my Abia state counterpart to move it from there into Umuahia and Aba but it was not done,” he said.

Ngige said other governors in the zone never bought into the idea, but that he insisted on getting the work done in Anambra state axis. 

“The idea of regional highway development should not be taken for granted. The governors should cooperate. It is not too late to start now.” 

Meanwhile, renowned political economist and president of the Lagos Business School, Pat Utomi, has raised doubts on the ability of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to salvage the economy of the nation. 

Speaking during a lecture organised by the school of media and communications on Tuesday, April 13, Utomi labeled the current administration as being filled with men who lack vision and the political will to revive the economy of the nation.

Source- Guardian 

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