Despite being the biggest in Africa, Nigeria’s economy is still powered by generating sets due to corruption and bad governance, the All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation has said.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Monday, the campaign deputy director general Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora, said: “it is unfortunate that government and its apologists gleefully trumpet that the Nigeria’s rebased economy is the biggest in Africa yet the economy is powered by generators. What an irony!”
Mamora said: “businesses are closing down because of the high cost of energy. Even with the fall in the global price of crude (oil) the pump price of diesel has remained as it was before. This has defiled logic.”
He said Nigerians “want to know why the country is the only crude oil producer in the world that is the biggest importer of refined products with the associated massive corruption that is feeding the greed of the leaders of the ruling party, the PDP.”
He also drew attention to the worsening fuel supply situation in the country, saying with the exception of Lagos and Abuja where fuel scarcity has eased off, “the situation in other parts of Nigeria has been that of pains, anguish and frustration. Nigerians struggle daily to buy fuel at fuel stations.”
Nigeria “cannot continue in this wicked, destructive and very unsustainable path,” he said, adding that “the time to save Nigeria and begin a process of rebuilding our country is now!’
He accused President Goodluck Jonathan administration of neglecting the healthcare system, saying that recent World Health Organization Ranking of the World Health Systems placed Nigeria at 187 out of 190 countries.
“According to UNICEF Nigeria, every single day, Nigeria loses about 2,300 under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age. This makes the country the second largest contributor to the under–five and maternal mortality rate in the world,” Mamora said.
He said Mr. Dimgba Igwe, former deputy managing director of the Sun newspaper died recently because LUTH didn’t have the equipment to provide necessary life support and emergency response for him after an accident.
He added that “the same happened three weeks ago to Mr. Dada Eriye, publisher of Bravo Softsell Magazine, when the same LUTH could not provide immediate help for him following a second degree burns he suffered while trying to put petrol into his generator as a result of power failure. This is how Nigeria health system kills the brightest and best among us.”
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