As Nigeria celebrates 61 years of independence, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and chairman Northern Governors Discussion board has referred to as on the citizenry to not despair within the face of the daunting challenges bedevilling the nation, saying “these challenges is not going to final perpetually”.
The Governor stated he was very optimistic that the nation is not going to solely overcome its challenges but in addition turn into an excellent nation to be admired and celebrated by all the world.
Lalong disclosed this whereas talking on the 61st Independence Day parade held on the Rwang Pam township stadium, Jos, the State Capital.
He stated, “Certainly a lot has been achieved by way of training, well being, agriculture, infrastructure, peace and unity. After we look again into the years previous, we will say that the journey has not been straightforward, however but fruitful.
“We’re all conscious that this 12 months’s independence celebration is coming at a time when our nation goes by way of so many challenges in just about each sector. This could nonetheless not make us despair or lose hope in our nation, or ignore the enormous strides which were made through the years.
“On at the present time, due to this fact, we have now to restate our resolve to constructing a nation the place the beliefs of our founding fathers is not going to solely prevail however the main issues that improve our unity and cohesion are emphasised.
“Nigeria stays a rustic stuffed with potentials and blessed with a lot human and materials assets that make it an envy of the world”, he defined.
“Allow us to, due to this fact, ask ourselves what has stagnated our progress and made us function beneath our capability.
“Right this moment, we have now seen how corruption, nepotism, intolerance, indiscipline and disrespect for the rule of regulation have created confusion in our nationwide id and the pursuit of nationwide aspirations. The youthful technology seems confused on what the longer term holds for them. That is moderately unlucky and a explanation for concern for all.
“The time has come for us to come up and do every thing doable to take away these and different impediments that stay main obstacles for nationwide development”, he admonished.
“Everybody, notably the management has a task to play and share within the duty for setbacks of the previous. That is the time to maneuver forward and take our future into our palms.
“I’m notably anxious that the youthful technology has been so inundated with the prevailing challenges of unemployment; lack of alternatives; violence and insecurity; such that they look like shedding hope within the nation.
“I cost you to not despair as a result of these challenges is not going to final perpetually. No situation is everlasting and even the issues of at the moment can be historical past tomorrow”, he maintained.
“Oftentimes, we discover it very handy to make reference to different nations which can be perceived to be doing effectively whereas castigating our personal nation. Few individuals take time to learn the historical past of those so-called nice nations who’ve existed as impartial nations for a few years.
“Certainly, a lot of them handed by way of circumstances which can be worse than ours, however by way of persistence, patriotism, unity and resilience, they weathered the storm to realize greatness”, the Governor additional defined.
“I’m due to this fact very optimistic that we will not solely overcome our challenges but in addition turn into the nice nation to be admired and celebrated by all the world.
“Even inside these present circumstances, there’s clearly an enormous attraction to our potentials and prospects. Allow us to not permit individuals from outdoors the nation to see the blessings that we have now higher than we do.
Lauding Plateau State, the Governor stated, “Right here in Plateau State, our administration has continued to rebuild the main materials for growth which is peace and safety.
“We’ve got made a whole lot of progress to institutionalize peaceable coexistence by way of the Peace Constructing Company and the Inter-Spiritual Council.
“This we imagine is essential to each growth”, he burdened.
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