Friday, January 25, 2013

Path to northern states’ rebirth, by Buhari, govs

THOUGH the northern part of the country is currently weighed down by a myriad of problems including those in the educational and security sectors, it could be developed if some measures are urgently put in place.
This was the position of former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) and other leaders of the northern region Thursday.

Buhari, presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at the 2011 election spoke as the chairman of a three-day summit organised by the Northern Development Focus Initiative, on “Strategy for a Constructive Engagement to Save the Collapsing Northern Economy/Sociopolitical & Educational Standard: A Multi-Sectoral/Institutional Approach”, held at Kano Government House, Kano.
The summit was organized to seriously look into the many problems facing the northern part of the country.
Buhari urged the northern elite to always understand that the problems of the youth were also those affecting all of them. He said that the north must stand and face its responsibilities.
He called those in authority to always make sure that the public interest is always considered in the discharge of their duties.
Buhari regretted that quality education had eluded Nigeria as a nation.  He said that as long as there were no good policies governing the educational system in the country, there was no way quality education could be achieved. He therefore called on government’s institutions, at all levels, that oversee education, to develop the   sector. He cautioned that if this was not done, underdevelopment would continue to haunt the nation.
According to Buhari, Nigeria has all the potentialities to be a great nation, but unfortunately people are not ready to evolve seriously planned programmes to assist the development of the nation. He called on all states of the federation to always be focused and patriotic, so as to have peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

-culled from The Guardian

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