UTOMI TO ABIODUN: MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TACKLE CORRUPTION, UNEMPLOYMENT, SECURITY

A renowned Professor of Political Economy, Pat Utomi, has urged Ogun State governor – elect to , Primce Dapo Abiodun to make a diffrence in governancd by tackling corruption, unmploymdnt and security.
He also kdentified poverty as the biggest challenge confronting Nigeria at present as well as the  mental health of her youths.
Utomi,  spoke at the Inauguration Lecture, organised as part of activities to mark the inuaguration of Prince Dapo Abiodun and his deputy, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele.
 The management expert spoke at the June 12 Cultural center, Abeokuta, the state capital on the topic: “Good Governance and Public Administration”.
He called on political leaders to tackle the menace with all the seriousness it deserves, so as to ensure a healthy country.
“If you read the newspapers these days, you will find out that perhaps, the greatest challenge we are facing in the country today is mental health in youths. If you know of how many of us are suffering from health challenges you will marvel and we don’t have enough doctors.”
 “If we reflect for a minute, we will discover that poverty is killing us in this country. How do we move forward in this kind of challenges, how do we govern in a time like this”
“We need to come to an understanding that human progress in based on production, output. In this generation, we have shared revenue, fat bank accounts so we don’t know the importance of everything that is needed for production. If we have a production culture, you will know that it matters to produce to get the nation moving” .
For the governor-elect to make the difference, Utomi urged him to tackle corruption, unemployment and security with all the seriousness they deserve.
While  describing civil servamts as engine room of any governmemt, Utomi also, stressed the importance of training and re-training for them.
He also advised Abiodun to provide quality medication to the people as well as  tackle unemployment; insecurity and education.
“The quality of education provided will determine the level of progress and country or state will go. Chief Obafemi Awolowo was exceptional as Premier of the defunct Western Region, because he realised this very early. If you can dream it,  you can have it. “We must tackle unemployment. The youths of the country are losing faith and hope in the country. Tomorrow may be too far if government fails to address this.”he warned.The Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Fola Adeola challenged political leaders to learn how to submit their personal interest and that of their cronnis to the benefit of the people.Adeola, who was vice presidential candidate of the defunct Action Comgress of Nigeria, implored the governor-elect not to by-pass the civil service but make it the mainstream.While stressing  that good governance though ideal, he added that it was very costly, “therefore you must  pursue programmes that would be of benefit to the people”, the co-founder of Guaranty Trust Bank said. He also challenged Abiodun to always strive to become a better governor than all those before him through meaningful projects that will impact positively on the generality of the people.The Panel of discussants were made up of pioneer Vice-Chancellor, Babcock University, Ilishan -Remo, Professor J.A Makinde,  Head of Department, Politics and International Relations,  Lead City University, Ibadan;  Dr. Tunde Oseni and former Head of Servicom in the Presidency,  Dr. (Mrs.) Christiana Famro among others.

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