June 11, 2024

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President Tinubu’s One Year Anniversary, Civil Society Organizations Carpet Administration For Non-Performance

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…..Wants President To Replace Ministers With Technocrats

Peterclaver Egbochue

As the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu marks one year in office, a coalition of Civil Society Organizations have taken a swipe on the President, saying the administration has brought more pains, hardship and unprecedented hunger on Nigerians than soucure.

The group which met on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 in Lagos to appraise the administration of President Tinubu’s one year in office noted that the administration started on a “wrong footing”with the announcement of subsidy removal in his inaugural speech without proper planning.

The CSO which anchored its discussion on the theme, “Is Nigeria a Failed State” were in unison in affirming that Nigeria has failed given the social contract the government has with the masses which is the security of lives and property, and their welfare.

As a way of proffering solution, therefore, the group wants president Tinubu to replace current cabinet with technocrats with requisit knowledge in their field of endeavors, a development former president Olusegun Obasanjo deployed during his tenure when he brought Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina and others.

According to them, “anyone thinking that the Naira will gain value against the dollar is deceiving himself as long as the government has not engaged in production for export”.

In his opening remark, the convener and National president of the Ambassadors for Peace and Enlightenment Foundation, AMPEF, Comrade Savior Iche, noted that the current government inherited a battered economy from the previous government but that it has not done much in the last one year to re-engineer the economy, rather things are getting worst.

Speaking at the event, Comrade Olusegun Adeeko, the president of “Know Your Right for Justice” (KnoRights), argued that any government that cannot guaranttee the security of lives and property of its citizens, provide stable power supply, tackle food inflation, provide employment opportunities for the army of young graduates and so on, has failed her citizens.

He quoted President Tinubu, to have said, “if in my 4-year tenure there is no stable security, Nigerians should not vote for me in the next election”, and asked Nigerians to hold him to his words.

In his submission, Comrade Solomon Neye, who spoke on the basic salaries of Nigerian workers, lamented that the N60,000 minimum wage the Federal government is offering the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in the present day Nigeria cannot sustain the family especially when one factors in children’s school fees, high cost of living, transportation, and the high inflation that has reduced the purchasing power of Nigerians.

On his part, Comrade Daniel Oguine, from the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, noted that the situation in Nigeria was getting out of hand and called on the government to do something urgently to remedy the situation. He said the previous government of Muhammadu Buhari failed in his administration, and regretted that the Tinubu administration is following the same trajectory of inflicting more hardship on Nigerians.

 He wondered why the administration would approve a humongus N15 billion for the purchase of new cars for commissioners and for Shettima’s new office. He also noted that old projects are abandoned while new projects are initiated and would definitely not be completed before the end of the administration, thereby leaving the burden for the next government.

Also speaking, Comrade John Ezenwa, the Lagos Coordinator of AMPEF, noted that the value of the naira would continue to dwindle as long as Nigerians continue to import and not produce for exportation.

On the issue of the minimum wage, Comrade Ezenwa aligned with Comrade Neye, stressing that N60,000 cannot sustain families and should be reviewed.

In his contribution, Comrade Iche, lamented that many human rights activists have compromised and could no longer speak on issues bordering on the welfare of the Nigerian masses.

He called on President Tinubu to overhaul his cabinet and replace them with technocrats who are knowledgeable in their chosen field of endeavour if he wants phenomenal results and do away with political patronage. According to him, “Nigerians want result and will hold him accountable and not the ministers. Appointment should be based on area of specialisation and progress monitored to ensure accountability.”