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What the President should do now

Published by The Nation on Thu, 16 Jul 2015

SIR: I wish to remind President Muhammadu Buhari of his promises during his electioneering campaign. And if his words should be his bond, Nigeria would return to status quo in no distant future. In this regard I would like the president to harken to this clarion call in order to make life meaningful for the masses.First and foremost, salaries and other perks of the legislators, both at the federal and the state levels, including the ministers, commissioners and other government functionaries should be reviewed. Unfortunately, the issue of trimming down salaries of our federal legislators has been over-flogged right from the time of the former Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. Up till this moment, nobody has done anything about it. Their pay package should be DRASTICALLY trimmed down. A situation where one person goes home with millions of naira in a month whereas, others are not able to afford three square meals a day is not in consonance with justice, equity and good conscience.Secondly the rail transport should be made functional in order to facilitate the conveyance of food stuff and other essential commodities from the North to the South and vice versa.The importance of reviving and over hauling the rail system cannot be over emphasized. We are experiencing high cost of things in the market today because of high cost of transportation which is eventually borne by the final consumer. Achieving this aim would no doubt make food available on the table of every Nigerian as their cost would be very cheap.I know this would be a hard nut to crack as the owners of long vehicles, trailers and tankers would more or less be thrown out of job. But be that as it may, the president should take this drastic measure not minding whose ox is gored, if it is his desire to better the lots of the common man.It gladdened my heart when I read in the newspapers that EFCC and ICPC will be merged and 42 ministries trimmed down to 19. This is a welcome development. It would certainly have a salutary effect on the economy.There are catalogue of other factors that are parasitic on the resources of this country but the aforementioned ones should be religiously looked into in other to achieve our aim. With time other problems would ease off.The President should forget about probing any person at the moment, as that would distract him from facing squarely the most important factors. Nkemakolam Gabriel,Port Harcourt.The post What the President should do now appeared first on The Nation.]]>
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