As Nigerians across the world ponder on the fortune of the nation on her Diamond Jubilee, humanitarian organisation, the Atiku Care Foundation has charged the government to place priority on securing life and property in line with constitutional provision.
The group, speaking through its Director-General, Amb. Aliyu Bin Abbas in Abuja at a press conference commemorating Nigeria’s independence on Wednesday, reminded government at all levels on the need to place priority on protecting life and property.
Abbas noted that this supersedes any other impact as the world would be empty when humanity is lost.
Similarly, he said it was ripe for the nation to open up for genuine economic diversification for inclusive participation by private and other stakeholders in playing significant roles towards creating jobs.
“The need for diversification of the economy is sacrosanct viz-a-viz the subject of job creation and eradication of unemployment. This must reflect by delisting some items on the exclusive list of government to give way to private sector participation as this will give rise to job creation and reduce the unemployment indices of our great nation,” he said.
The ACF leader also harped on the need to grant autonomy to states to control their resources which he believes to further open up the economy and reduce the expectation of Nigerians from the government at the center as it will create a healthy competition among states and open up the economy to foreign direct investments and more participation of the private sector.
“A greater emphasis on Agriculture and simpler models of obtaining facilities meant for agriculture will advance the course of agripreneurship and foster the participation of the rural dwellers who look at agriculture as a way of life.
“We are convinced that intensified infrastructural crusade in our education a sector and health will give the common man the opportunity to activate optimally their potentials as more than 60 percent of Nigerians are solely dependent on government owned facilities,”Abbas charged.
At 60, the Abbas lamented that Nigera had yet to have a firm policy on social security or social welfare of the citizens; noting that this has made citizens access to government provisions to relieve their economic burden almost impossible.
“Bearing in mind that poverty tops on the sustainable development goals, we call on government to draft a robust social security policy that will protect her citizens bearing in mind that a lot of Nigerians are living below the poverty line,” he charged.
While rejoicing with Nigerians at 60, the DG salutes Nigerians for keeping faith and staying endeared to the Nigerian unity; pledging that Atiku Care Foundation will henceforth devote attention to agripreneurship and entrepreneurship as part of measures targeted at creating jobs and lifting the downtrodden out of the shackles of poverty.
“This shall take effect immediate effect as part of our efforts to support the citizens of our great nation,” Abbas disclosed.