‘Nigerians Should Increase Advocacy For New Dawn’
A University lecturer, Dr. Princewill Igbagara says Nigerians should advocate for a new dawn after 59 years of self-rule, as the fundamental objectives of nationhood have yet to be achieved.
Igbagara made the assertion in a paper titled, “Nigeria’s Elusive New Dawn”, which he presented as a Special Guest during a one-day South-South Summit organized by the Grassroot Development Ambassadors (GDA) in Port Harcourt.
According to him, with the increasing rate of insecurity especially in the North, ethnic and religion rivalry, abuse of rule of law, worsening oil subsidy and economic growth, faulty federal character policy and poor power supply as well as the unemployment rate in the country, there is need for Nigeria to correct herself and reposition the polity for greatness.
The Don, who is a lecturer with the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State opined that two broad schools of thought exist on the cause of Nigeria’s numerous problems and slow progress as a country. According to him, these are Structural Reformists who contend that Nigeria is a lopsided polity and until the imbalances are addressed at a national dialogue there shall be no progress; while the other is propagated and predominated by Nigerians who believe that the problem of Nigerian is not structural but ideological as mostly political elites selfishly appropriate the wealth of Nigeria to the detriment of the masses.
He explained that GDA’s desire is for Nigeria to experience a positive change urged them not relent in seeking for a new dawn that is the dream of the masses.
“Nigeria is sick and all hands are expected to be on deck for the nation to be better and developed with leadership of the choice of the people”, he asserted, adding that, “let build a good foundation for things to work even for the future, enjoining them to live up to expectation.
Earlier, the National Coordinator of Grassroot Development Ambassadors, Barr. Ikenna Enekweizu decried that the lack of ideology with Nigerian politicians as all are after stomach infrastructure.
He declared that CDA was out to give Nigerians a voice as change will come from the grassroot collectively; pointing out that no politician will hijack their vision.
Enekweizu disclosed that as a grassroot NGO and ambassadors of change are to chat a new cause for a new dawn, stressing that they are taking a proactive action to sow a seed that will grow into a better future.
He opined that CDA will educate and mobilize the people at the grassroot on their vision, hold town hall meetings, build network with other NGO’s, establish peer groups, carry out door to door campaign among others, and hinted that membership into the group is still open for people of like-minds.
In his vote of thanks, the South-South Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Napoleon Koko lauded the Guest Speaker for his thought provocating paper and thanked all for making the day a huge success. He also announced Dr. Princewill Igbagara as National Adviser-designate.