REAR Admiral Alison Madueke, Rtd, has lamented the plight of the Nigerian youths, saying that the leadership of the country is a disappointment to the youths for his failure to provide gainful employment for them.
The retired general, who spoke at the 2nd Annual Lecture of The Niche Newspaper in Lagos on Tuesday, October 15, disclosed that during the first republic multi-national companies lined up with various incentives, including brand new cars to woo fresh graduates to work for them.
Madueke blamed the government for the high level of unemployment in the country because of its refusal to think outside the box. He wondered why the Federal Government is still controlling the resources of the country.
He explained that during his time as a military administrator, he fought very hard for the states to control their resources. According to Madueke, if the states control their resources it would bring competition and make the centre less attractive.
“Imagine if the Federal Government allows states like Enugu and Plateau to control coal, which abound in the areas. We are flaring gas that would have been utilized for the development in the host states. The federal government should liberalize its policies to boost competition among states,” he said.
In his remarks, General Obi Umahi, Rtd, blamed the hardship in the country to uneducated and visionless leadership. He wondered why Nigeria in the present century would be talking about certificates of their leaders.
According to him, Singapore became a big economic bloc because its founding fathers embraced education. “You must be a first class brain before you aspire for leadership in Singapore.
“And the founding fathers never tolerated corruption; any suspect is penalized. Until Nigerian leaders embrace education and genuinely fight corruption, the hardship would continue,” he said.
– Oct 16, 2019 @ 11:59 GMT |