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Buhari, Jega, others seek urgent reform in Nigeria

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President Muhammadu Buhari and other key personalities, including past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega; Chairman, Governing Board, Nigeria National Merit Award (NNMA), Shekarau Aku, have called for an urgent reform to address poor governance and human security in Nigeria.
  
They spoke at the 10th forum of Laureates of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in Abuja.

Buhari, represented by Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, said there was need for reform that would enable the country attract investors.

  
According to him, there is necessity to provide Nigerians with qualitative and functional policies and reforms that would make the nation and its citizenry have confidence and faith in the Nigerian project once again.

The President, who stated that the government expects to use the outcome of the yearly forum to provide required solutions for good governance, reforms and human security in the nation, said the government is open to concise ideas and bold actions that would impact the country on short and medium terms.

Jega, a keynote speaker at the event, expressed worry that projected economic development of the country would remain elusive unless urgent actions are planned on a short, medium and long term to salvage the future of the country.
  
The former INEC boss, who called for total restructuring, said the country’s federal system remained a major setback for the nation.

  
He said the Police Force should be the first on the list for institutional reform in the country and that electoral reforms should also be proritised to engender integrity and make votes count.
   
Jega said: “Nigeria has for long been facing both acute governance and human security challenges. It is regrettable and embarrassing because the nature, extent and magnitude of the challenges defy logic and rationality.
 
“Fragile democracies, such as Nigeria, ought to be paying attention to this global trend, but somehow, they don’t. However, it is better to address the challenges of governance and human security in Nigeria more concretely than ever before, before it is too late.”
  
Aku stressed the need for collective contribution to address the challenges in the country.
 
He said the NNMA would not relent in harnessing intellectual powers to collectively seek meaningful solutions to issues of national interest.

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, represented by Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASEMI), Muhammad Haruna, insisted that unless the country adopts science and technology as basic solutions to the problem of the country, meaningful development may not be achieved.

To him, local capacity is needed to improve the economy of the country.


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