By Sunday Bassey
Uyo, Oct. 1, 2020 Sen. Bassey Akpan, representing Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan towards lifting Nigerians out of poverty by year 2030.
Akpan made the commendation in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo on Thursday.
He said that the agenda 2050 as put forward by President Muhammadu Buhari as the new development plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 was a laudable vision.
According to Sen. Akpan, Nigeria can only be better developed by Nigerians.
“May I, on behalf of my wife and constituents of Akwa Ibom North East Senatorial District, heartily felicitate His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, Commander- in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all Nigerians on this momentous occasion of our 60 years of nationhood, “he said.
Akpan said that the dawn of the anniversary today as a sovereign nation was quite evocative.
“It resonates with delight the memorable emergence of our dear country, Nigeria, amongst the comity of independent nations on the historic day of Oct. 1, 1960.
“The rise to self-rule, which ended British colonialism, effectively placed on Nigerians the leadership of Nigeria.
“It is therefore a mileage worth celebrating as our nation attains the diamond age of sixty,” Akpan said.
He also paid tributes to the country’s pathfinders, heroes and successive leadership for the struggle which led to the independence of our country.
According to him, their inputs for the survival and development of our dear nation, Nigeria were commendable.
Akpan, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee of Petroleum Resources (Upstream), called for sober reflection on the dire lesson of the country’s history.
“Let us hold on to the fact that though tribes and tongue may differ, in brotherhood we stand. As the giant of Africa, we must arise as compatriots and reinvent the Nigeria of our dream, where peace and justice shall reign,’’ he said.
The senator stated that the roadmap was for all leaders in the various strata of our society vis-à-vis the government, formal and informal sectors.
He urged all Nigerians to unite and be conscientious in conduct and service to ensure a healthier and prosperous nation.
“We shall equally overpower and put behind us the seemingly intractable cases of insurgencies, and other avalanche of criminalities like banditry and kidnapping,” he said.
The senator said that the collective resolve to enthrone peace, tranquility and good governance would ensure that the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain.
“I also convey my salutations to my dear brother, Gov. Udom Emmanuel, and the people of Akwa Ibom State on this landmark celebration,” Akpan said.