Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Saturday denounced the growing mass poverty, mass unemployment and massive inequalities in Nigeria which he said were already generating disaffection among citizens.
Fayemi, who said this at a conference on the 21st anniversary of Mambayya House in memory of the famous nationalist and founder of the Union of Progressive Elements of the North, Mallam Aminu Kano, in Kano, identified the access to quality education, provision of health care and the deliberate creation of employment opportunities as urgent measures needed to restore the confidence of citizens.
He said investing in education and job creation would help tackle the challenges “generating various discontents in insurgencies, crime, banditry and various extremisms”.
The governor, who spoke on “democracy, good governance and the issue of national integration in Nigeria”, at the conference also attended by the governor of Jigawa State, Muhammad Abubakar; Director General of the National Guidance Agency, Dr Garba Abari; Bayero University Vice Chancellor Kano Professor Hafiz Abubakar also spoke of a return to the politics of ideology which he based on the need for a constant flow of fresh and refreshing ideas for national renaissance and advancement.
According to a statement by his chief press secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, Fayemi, who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, said: “It doesn’t take a magician to see that we are facing a highly combustible cocktail of poverty. mass, mass unemployment and massive inequalities which already generate various discontents in insurgencies, crime, banditry and various extremisms.
“Nigeria and Nigerians need a new Sawaba declaration that will be our collective national manifesto of emancipation from poverty, unemployment, inequality, marginalization and widespread unemployment.
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