NIGERIA @ 60: We are not where we ought to be, says Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello

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Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has decried the persistent level of insecurity and its attendant consequences on the nation’s growth and development, as the country attains 60 years of independence.

Gov. Sani Bello told journalists in Minna, the state capital,  that the country’s economy as well as the socio-political lives of the people will continue to dwindle unless a holistic approach is found to the security challenges and are tackled head-on.

“Security is key, and without it, the country will be struggling and its quest for sustainable development will be a mirage. We have tried as much as we can to support the security agencies, but there are allegations that the security apparatus is been compromised, which is highly regrettable,” he lamented.

He said the country has the capacity, potentials and wherewithal to be a producer rather than a consumer nation stressing that the nation’s leadership must put her priorities right and build the courage to address all developmental challenges setting the nation back.

The governor described as unfortunate how the country imports virtually everything, adding that it is regrettable to see an oil-producing nation like Nigeria importing fuel while allowing its infrastructure to irresponsibly decay.

He said:  “The importation of those things we can produce has led us to sustaining the industries abroad, and that is why we have found ourselves in this present situation as it were.

Governor Sani Bello

“I hope, at 60, we are able to tell ourselves the bitter truth. We all know what is right and wrong, but we don’t have the courage to confront it.

“We must open a new chapter towards revitalizing and diversifying our economy and ensure that we invest in the future for our younger generation by resuscitating our moribund, dead industries.”

Governor Sani Bello, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for retracing the development trajectory of the nation and executing policies and programmes that will, in the long run, energize and revitalize the country’s ailing economy.

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