A former Chairman of Senate Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation and Chairman of Lucinda Media Limited, Olugbenga Obadara Nigeria has been officially an independent nation for after 59 years.
He said it has been 59 years of great sacrifice by some and others sucking the nation; adding that it was “time to review where we are and how we got here.”
He said, “there is great infrastructure deficit across the nation and one can hardly live a good life in my country. The state of the health sector is one in which is on a wheelchair; basic healthcare is evasive.
“Most of our public hospitals are mortuaries. The look of the environment makes some die even before death, adding that, “many have died and still die in our country due to absence of equipment and manpower.”
‘Brain drain’ is also becoming a major problem for my nation. But how do I tell that unemployed/under-employed nurse, doctor, engineer, journalist or teacher not to relocate to Canada without being cursed?” he queried.
According to him, another major challenge facing the country is the unavailability of food for many, adding that basic is readily available.
He, however, commended the present administration for strides in fight against corruption and insecurity, saying this has has been the bane of the development of the country for long.
He expressed hope that someday Nigeria would acquire enough strength to give 24 hours power supply to her citizens across the country, and to produce her own food, refine her own oil, build her own roads and manufacture a greater percentage of her needs.
He posited that it was important to praise the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for what it had has done so far to curb insecurity and insurgency, build an inter-state rail network of standard and the fight against corruption, which has been the major focus of the government.
According to him, for every country, its youths are the important section of it’s population, “it is rather sad that in a country like Nigeria where the youths are a majority, they have not been empowered to harness and exploit their potentials for national growth rather the substitution with frivolous engagements and petulant compensation with peanuts.