The Eze Udo I of Ogui Nike, Enugu State, Chief Sampson C. O. Emezue has called on president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, to address the problem of epileptic power supply in Nigeria as a means of arresting the current high rate of youth unemployment in the country.
Chief Emezue, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an Enugu-based SAMAX Printing Press outfit, made the call in a chat with The Tide On Sunday in Enugu.
According to him, constant power supply in all parts of the country will not only go a long way in checking youth unemployment and restiveness, but will also contribute in addressing rural-urban migration, which he described as an ill wind that blows no one any good” .
His words : “The control of everything in Nigeria is power supply. To me, the most important thing we need is adequate power supply. If the problem of power supply is addressed, then the country will be moved forward, as the economy will improve.
“Also, youths will stop relying on government for non-existing white colar jobs, as they can now set up small scale business outfits in the rural areas to sustain themselves financially and otherwise.
“If there is power supply everywhere in Nigeria, armed robbery, kidnapping, 419 and other vices now common among our youths will be reduced to the barest minimum and Nigeria will be better for it”, he explained.
On the nation democracy, Chief Emezue said Nigerians had gained a lot from democracy, adding that people cannot only talk freely now, but can rightly demand for their rights without any fear of persecution in any form or shape, compared to military rule in which the reverse was the case.
“Nigerians have gained a lot from democracy and efforts should be made by all and sundry to sustain it. Let the people’s vote count in the forthcoming 2011 general election in the country”, he also suggested.
Chief Emezue also advised governors to always make judicious use of the monthly federal allocations given to their various states , adding that the Bible says that “To whom much is given , much is expected.”
He further urged president Jonathan “as the number one citizen of Nigeria”, to see the entire country as his constituency by ensuring that the right people are appointed to the right positions , no matter where they come from.
Chief Emezue expressed hope that the forthcoming 2011 general election will take the country to the next level democratically and otherwise, especially if it is conducted in a free and fair manner by ensuring that the people’s votes count.
He, further used the forum to advice Nigerians to always cooperate with president Jonathan in his efforts to make the country a better place for all, adding that with the president, “ the future of Nigeria is very bright “.