Experts hinge Nigeria’s development on equity, equality
Group urges Nigerians to imbibe a new positive mindset
Development experts and members of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS) have stressed that the enthronement of equity and equality would guarantee sustainable development in the polity.
They urged a review of Nigeria’s revenue-sharing formula for lack of equality as it is largely based on the landmass and not proportionate revenue potential or economic projections.
The experts, who spoke at the 36th yearly general meeting and luncheon of the Lagos State branch of the NIS in Lagos, lamented that the present structure does not recognise the need for equality or equity, while laws are not focused on supporting growth.
The guest speaker and Team Lead for the Facility for Oil Sector Transformation Project (FOSTER), Ademola Adigun, who led the call at the weekend, noted that Nigeria’s biggest problem in spite of being an oil-producing nation was lack of equity and or equality in the management of resources.
Also, the branch chairman, Adeleke Adeshina, urged the enthronement of equity in all spheres of national life.
He stressed the need for the operation of full federalism where there will be devolution of responsibilities across the federation backed by adequate resourcing.
On his part, the Special Guest of Honour and the Alara of Ilara Kingdom, Epe Division, Oba Olufolarin
Ogunsanwo, said lack of equity had impacted negatively on the nation’s development.
MEANWHILE, a coalition of young Nigerians, New Tribe, has called on Nigerians to imbibe a new positive mindset towards the country, as only this can propel Nigeria towards the much-desired greatness.
The group, which stated this during a peaceful rally at the New Ebute Metta Train Station, said the idea of a ‘New Tribe’ of Nigerians was one devoid of ethic, political and religious biases, but puts the interest of Nigeria first in all things.
In a statement, the Convener, Iretidola Ojekhoa, said the group would sensitise Nigerians on the ideology needed to build a new tribe among Nigerians, who believe in Nigeria and will always stand for Nigeria.