The Muslim Congress (TMC), a faith-based organisation, has urged the National Assembly to review the nation’s laws in order to stem incidences of face-off among government functionaries.
The TMC Committee on Social Mobility, the Economy and Politics gave the advice in the 2017 fourth quarter “State of the Nation Address” presented by its General Secretary, Alhaji AbdulWasiu Bangbala on Sunday in Lagos.
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“Clear-cut assigning of authority and responsibility would have done a lot in ensuring that face-offs like this, which are common in government ministries and agencies over the years, are minimised.
“Let the National Assembly come up with periodic reviews and updates of our laws and statutes, especially in areas where it has been observed that there are problems arising from the political manifestations of such laws.’’
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Reflecting on the Nigeria’s 57th independent anniversary, the TMC regretted that the significance of the six decades of self-determination was overshadowed by the disunity among the nation’s ethnic nationalities.
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“It is indeed interesting that Nigeria at 57 is still grappling with numerous challenges that seem to defy solutions.
“It has not been easy coming this far even though there is still a long way to go.
“We can definitely survive much longer if we are proactive, dedicated and committed.
“There is a lot of deficit in the politics, the economy and infrastructural development despite our huge human and material resources.
“But it is not all gloom; the country is better secured at the moment and the economy is slowly but gradually improving, coupled with diversification to agriculture.
“This shows that there is a deliberate but slow progress in reshaping the economy to becoming multi-product rather than mono-product.
“Corruption is also being tackled with much more seriousness in comparison to previous administrations.
“There is an increase in job provision, even though more needs to be done.
“The economy has just recently exited recession and the improvement in the macro-economy is just about being felt in the micro economy with the slight reduction in the prices of some goods and services.
“The executive, the legislature and the judiciary must work with the people in order to formulate a restructuring plan that would empower the people through developing more powers to the states and local governments.
“If more people-oriented solutions are formulated and executed, it would not be long before the economy fully rebounds leading to the creation of more jobs and improvements in the quality of life of the people.
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The organisation also took a critical look at the nation’s health sector and called on the government at all levels to monitor, prevent and contain communicable and non-communicable diseases.
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“A state of emergency needs to be declared in the health sector if a health facility like the Aso Rock Clinic can be said to be lacking in basic drugs and equipment despite yearly allocations running into billions of naira.
“The governments at the federal, state and local levels, for the umpteenth time, have the onerous responsibility to monitor, prevent and contain communicable and non-communicable diseases as an essential and integral part of the healthcare system.
“We have been having recurring cases of outbreaks of communicable diseases almost back-to-back.
“What are the different levels of government doing to checkmate these outbreaks and especially this particular monkeypox outbreak?
“According to the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, no fewer than 33 suspected cases of monkeypox have been reported in seven states across the country.
“The suspected monkeypox outbreak which started on Sept. 22, 2017 in Bayelsa State has spread to Rivers, Ekiti, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Ogun and Cross Rivers.
“The fortunate thing is that no death has been recorded so far.
“The disease should be immediately brought under control before it becomes a national health crisis and the citizens are hereby urged to maintain proper hygiene at all times.
“We are calling on Nigerians to exercise patience, the issue shall be brought under control but at the same time we should maintain proper hygiene.’’
The committee also salutes the courage of the federal government in making all efforts towards revamping the nation’s economy, particularly by raising an N100 million Sukuk bond from the Islamic financial hub to finance infrastructural development.
“We salute the Federal Government for the courage to do all it can to improve the economy.
“This is why the government needs to be commended for issuing the N100 billion Sukuk bond, which was over-subscribed by about N5 billion.
“This practice is in line with other countries of the world like Britain and Germany that are competing to be the biggest Islamic finance hub outside the Middle East.
“The advantages of the Sukuk bond, aside from the return on investment for the investors, are numerous.
“It is money that is specifically tied to the project and cannot be embezzled.
“This is especially important in our environment where we know huge sums of money are released yearly for projects that are never undertaken.
“The Sukuk bond is a potent instrument for rejuvenating, redeveloping and revitalising the nation’s ailing economy, ’’ the TMC scribe said.
By Our Correspondent