Nigerians in Benin City Edo State of Nigeria has expressed displeasure with country’s economic realities and has voiced optimism that 2016 would usher in a new lease of life. They also urged President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to fulfill the change they had promised.
Businessman and hotelier, Austin Enehizena, said the government should improve on power supply, as incessant outage has become a major setback for businesses and hotel owners. He lamented the situation where supply to homes, hotels and companies are based on load shedding.
He urged the government to formulate policies that would facilitate the emergence of affordable housing for Nigerians.
He said the previous government, led by former President Goodluck Jonathan, performed creditably in roads construction and urged the present administration to sustain the tempo.
According to Enehizena, fixing major roads would boost the transportation system and improve the economy, even as he called on government to diversify the economy from oil and gas to agriculture.
A security expert, Martins Mbah, stressed the need to overhaul the power sector, saying power outages have foisted untold hardship onNigerians and the country’s economy. “When there is electricity, people can make use of their cooking stoves, welding machines, and electrical appliances,” he said.
An undergraduate, Bright Itor, wants government to focus on job creation and road construction in the coming year. He urged President Buhari to speed up the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) project, to facilitate youth employment in the South South. He said with the EPZ, thousands of Nigerians and youths roaming the streets would be gainfully employed. He also decried poor electricity supply.
A legal luminary, Jolomi Sagay, harped on the need for government to diversify the economy from oil to agriculture, adding that this will promote youth interest in farming, boost local production of goods and improve local content.