DEMOCRACY DAY: PENGASSAN CALLS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE
As Nigerians prepare to mark Democracy Day on Tuesday, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN has called on political office holders at all levels to get down to the serious business of governance and do away with the usual manner with which occasions like the democracy day is marked.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja and signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the association, Comrade Zaid Kolawole.
Comrade Kolawole in the statement said the hope of a better life which democracy promised Nigerians since it began in 1999 of Nigerians seems to have been betrayed by an uncaring ruling elite.
“While democracy has made millionaires of our politicians, ordinary Nigerians and workers have been impoverished. Poverty has continued to ravage the land, from the latest NBS statistics about 70% of Nigerians live in poverty. Unemployment even by official figures is about 25% thus providing a ready army for criminals and criminal activity. Inflation is soaring at double digits. Insecurity stalks the land. Educational, health and physical infrastructure have collapsed. In one word, Nigeria is in crisis.”
The statement said other countries in the same development bracket with Nigeria at independence have demonstrated that the challenges facing the nation are not insurmountable.
“All we require is a purposeful government with the interest of ordinary Nigerians at heart and not a clannish or cabalistic interest.”
“So today, PENGASSAN urges all political office holders to do away with the usual platitudes with which they mark occasions like this and get down to the serious business of governance at all levels. Nigerians are no longer interested in promises of a better life in an indeterminate future. What we want to see is good governance.”
It further called on Nigerians continue to hold the feet of government officials to the fire in order to make them accountable and work for the people saying that “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”