‘Recovered Loots Should Be Spent On Transport, Power, Education’
An indigene of Cross River State, Mr. Cletus Obon has advised the Federal Government to judiciously use the recovered loots on improving transportation, power and education in the country. He stated this in Calabar, the State capital, noting that if the federal government can invest the recovered loots on transportation and power, the living condition and the economy will improve significantly.
While condemning the act of corruption, Obon said, “the major area is land transportation because 90 per cent of Nigerians are on land transportation system which is totally the infrastructural architecture of the country.
“I mean the railways must be done. The railways must return. The existing federal highways must be fixed. If you take these alone in four years, there would be a lot of change.
“Then finally the issue of power. It is the worst and greatest enemy of the growth and development of the country. Today Nigerians are still asking where is light? This is a big national disaster. It is the worst setback the country can ever envisage as far as I’m concerned.
“If the government tackle power problem and roads with the recovered loot, its change mantra will be realistic.
“The loots should be use to re-establish those very things that it was meant for, before it was looted to private accounts.”
He also said that the education system should be reformed most especially the higher institutions across the country.
In his own opinion, a lawyer, Chief Utum Eteng, advised that the money should be used to fund this year’s budget.
He said in doing that, the money would be appropriated to different segments of the economy.
“The recovered loot should form part of next appropriation law so that it can be appropriated to different segments of the economy.”
A civil servant, Mr. Ferdinand Enly, was also of the opinion that such fund should be invested on transportation, water supply, power and education.
“They can satisfy Nigerians by, one, making transportation easy and cheap, when I mean transport, I mean good roads. There are some places they can provide railways, at least with that things will not be too expensive in the market. And another way that the money can be of benefit to an ordinary man is to make sure that the power sector is revamped in such a way that electricity will be steady everywhere. If this is done there will be development in the country, industries will work and this will provide more employment for Nigerians.
“It can also be used as form of creating employment for Nigerians by investing in projects. In every State, the federal government should assist the State government in establishing federal projects that can be a source of employment to people, when they do that in all the 36 States, poverty rate will reduce.
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