Nigerians have been charged to reason beyond political parties, partisanship and ethno religious sentiments but look at the core value system that can build the country and the people.
Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State gave the advice when he declared open the Second Quarter 2018 Forum of Secretary to the Government of the Federation with Secretaries to State Governments at Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo.
The governor who told the forum that what matters most for those in positions of authority is what they do for the benefit of the citizens and how they intend to see the country progress in the next ten to fifteen years, advised that a forum such as that of Secretaries to State Governments should engender a new conversation in the country while also urging citizens to begin to see themselves first as Nigerians and later as politicians.
According to the governor, “Politics and politicians will come and go but the soul, spirit, abiding tenets and values of the Nigerian enterprise will endure.”
He further made a case for the celebration of shared aspirations and common destiny by Nigerians and encouraged the politics of growth and development as opposed to politics of attrition and self destruction.
The governor stated that the theme of the Conference, “Improving Access to Social Services at National and Sub-National Levels” was apt as it summarised the philosophical under pinnings of what he defined as the social contract theory of governance.
“Government exists to provide services to the people across national and sub national levels. Failure to abide by this need and demand means a great abdication of a cardinal responsibility and the resultant effect will be deep apathy and a resort to self help approaches by the citizens and that will not be good enough for us as a country,” the governor noted.
He asserted that if the basic needs of Nigerians were provided, a whole lot of security problems would have been solved.
The governor reiterated his call for a review of the country’s education curriculum to train people on how to become entrepreneurs in every field instead of producing graduates who only come out to write applications for employment.
In his address, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, thanked governor Emmanuel for accepting to host the meeting and his immense support towards its actualisation.
The SGF said the forum exists to give members the much needed avenue for sharing of ideas, comparing notes and assessing one another on the implementation of national and sub national policies and programmes of government.