Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari has said the economic recession facing the country is a blessing in disguise as it will ultimately take Nigeria to a higher place.
Speaking when he was presented with the US Congressional Commendation Award by the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus in Abuja on Tuesday also said foundation education especially in Northern Nigeria is faulty.
According to him, Northern Nigeria has the highest number of illiteracy and that has been the reason for the insurgency in the region.
Masari said, “Nigeria has a potential of many things, we don’t want to be called potentially, we want to be there and we believe we can. Africa is the new, theatre of activities. We have a long challenge, of leadership.
“Nigeria has never been short of big men, how do we get leadership to get us to the right place,the challenges we are going through now is good because ultimately it will take us to a higher place.
“We have the highest number of illiteracy, there is no way we can manage our population without education and we cannot improve our agriculture input without education.
Speaking on the power situation in Nigeria, Masari lamented that they is no power in Nigeria after huge billions spent adding that unfortunately most of this monies was spent through foreign companies .
“90% of stolen money is in Europe and In America and the those hiding the stolen money are all guilty. It didn’t take US up to 24 hours to freeze accounts after the 9/11 attacks and Europe did the same. If they is sincerity, they would have released our stolen money.
“If you can’t return the money in cash, return it in good and services . The government is fighting corruption headlong,, we have internal problem with our judicial system and we will address it squarely as a nation.
He remarked that the media has a lot of work to do in the issue of insecurity and Katsina is insisting on foundation education as the educational system at the foundation level has collapsed.
According to him, A graduate with pass in 1970 is better than a first class graduate today.
“How can you reduce poverty with illiteracy. This is the situation we found ourself, oil money was easy. Thank God age of oil is over, it’s time for us to sweat it out and earn a living with respect .
“If we don’t address issue of foundation education that create employment for the youth, statistically in 2013, most youths in Northern Nigeria are not in school and what’s where the problem is, if they are not in school where are they?
“The task before us is enormous, we need support and it’s not necessarily money ,if it is money return our money and sure we have the right leadership to utilise our resources,” he added.
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah