Nigeria shouldn’t be giant only in population, but in devt – Shehu Sani

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 Former Senator Shehu Sani Calls for Nigeria to Transcend Population Size to Economic Excellence

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Former Kaduna senator and social critic, Sen. Shehu Sani, has emphasized that Nigeria’s status as a giant of Africa should extend beyond its population to encompass excellence across all sectors of the economy. Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos during the Inaugural Memorial Lecture of Prince Emeka Obasi, Sani highlighted the imperative for Nigeria to achieve greatness in various industries, including manufacturing, export, technology, agriculture, and education.

Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th National Assembly, expressed concern over the nation’s persistent challenges despite its abundant resources and manpower. He questioned why Nigeria, with its vast natural endowments, continues to grapple with issues such as power supply, water scarcity, and infrastructure deficiencies.

Highlighting the urgency of addressing Nigeria’s problems, Sani stressed the need for prioritization and concrete actions to overcome the country’s challenges. He underscored the importance of security, agriculture, and education, calling for significant investments in these critical areas.

Addressing the security situation, Sani emphasized the need for a robust response to combat terrorism and banditry, emphasizing that security is paramount for Nigeria’s progress. He also advocated for substantial investment in agriculture, leveraging Nigeria’s fertile land and favorable climate to achieve food sufficiency and reduce import dependence.

Furthermore, Sani emphasized the importance of revamping the education sector to provide quality education for Nigerian children. He lamented the decline in the standard of public education and called for substantial investment in science and technology to drive innovation and development.

Reflecting on the event, Sani noted that it was organized to honor the life and contributions of Prince Emeka Obasi, a distinguished Nigerian who excelled in the media industry. The memorial lecture featured discussions on Nigeria’s development challenges, with contributions from notable figures such as Mr. Femi Awoyemi and Prof. Anthony Kila.

The event culminated in the unveiling of the Prince Emeka Obasi Memorial Foundation (PEOMF) by the Special Guest of Honour, Gov. Alex Otti of Abia State, represented by his deputy Ikechukwu Emetu. Prince Emeka Obasi, the former Publisher of Hallmark Newspapers and Commissioner for Information in Abia, passed away on March 15, 2022, at the age of 58.


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