MAGNUS Abe, senator representing Rivers South-East at the National Assembly, wants Nigeria to harness manpower endowment in full for the development of the country. Speaking after he received the ‘Nigeria Rising Award’ under the patronship of General Ibrahim Babangida, former head of state, initiated by publishers of Hallmark newspaper at the Civic Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos, South-West, Nigeria recently, Abe who was represented by Honour Sirawoo, his media aide, said: “God endowed us with brainpower that transverses fields of human endeavour, but lack of regard for these endowments has led us to where we are today.”
The senator observed that at a point in Nigeria’s history brain-drain became very prevalent because of the failure of successive administrators to evolve deliberate ways of harnessing the country’s human resource potentials.
In any case, he said, there was still hope especially with the emergence of General Muhammadu Buhari as president. He expressed optimism that the administration would sterilise development instruments and focus on the pursuit of deliverables to the benefit of Nigerians.
Abe, who in the past declined such recognition, said he has to do some introspection before accepting award. “A retrospective glance at my journey through public service indicates that my presence and contributions are valuable to the development of my Country; I will continue to encourage processes that would assist in addressing the challenges facing generality of Nigerians,” he said.
According to the organisers, the Award is designed to acknowledge uncommon individuals who through enterprise and foresight are creating the path of growth and development for Nigeria. Also honoured at the event were: Mustafa Chike-Obi, managing director of AMCON, Sally Mbanefo, former director general NTDC, Chuku Odom and Frank Nweke Jnr, both former ministers.
Others were Victor Umeh, chairman of the APGA, Gregory Ibe of Gregory University, Ede Dafinone, a Chartered Accountant; Sam-Nda-Isaiah publisher of Leadership Newspaper, and Ali Baba, foremost comedian.
— May 18, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT