Nigeria at 59: Senator calls for true renaissance 

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja


Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa/NEPAD, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani, has tasked Nigerian leaders to address the problems of poverty, ignorance and disease impeding the development of the country and lead the people to prosperity.

Senator Nnamani said that almost six decades after Nigeria attained her independence, the country was still faced with the challenges of inequality, unemployment, ethnicity and illiteracy.

In his goodwill message to Nigerians marking the 59th Independence anniversary, the former Governor of Enugu State urged leaders at all levels to make deliberate efforts through policies and programmes that would rescue the people from the debilitating effects of ignorance, squalor, disease and poverty.

He enjoined Nigeria and other sister nations in Africa that attained self rule in the 60s to rise up to the challenge and work hard to save their people from the aprons string of poverty, hunger and disease .

Potentials for Greatness
Senator Nnamani pointed out that like most African nations, Nigeria was yet to achieve her potentials for greatness envisaged at independence which she attained through fierce battles, sweat and blood, many decades after.

He believes that Nigeria can still be out of the woods if the right steps are taken.

He therefore urged Nigerian leaders to put on their thinking caps to address the issues of insecurity threatening the peace and cohesion of the country.

Senator Nnamani pledged that the Senate would put the issues on its priority list in order to fashion out a blueprint that would lead the people to prosperity.

He added that citizens should complement government programmes and policies to ensure peace and progress.


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