NIGERIAN leaders at all levels have been asked to embrace justice and good governance as a major step towards the success of the current rebranding project.
Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, who made the call when the minister of information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Uyo, stressed the need for the leaders to shun ethnicity, nepotism and undue politicking.
He said: â€œWe cannot rebrand if the country practices injustice. When God gives you power, you must not take decisions based on man-know-man and political considerations only. If there was justice in the past, ports would not have been sited on political instead of economic considerations. For instance, we can look at the fact that one of the best locations for Nigeria to have a sea port today in this country is in Akwa Ibom State; in Ibaka.
The water depth is over 15 metres. So we can have a large ocean liner getting to the shore without any dredging. But when decisions were made to build ports, they were made politically; not even on commercial consideration. The result is that most of our ports are filled with siltâ€¦Besides, there is no road. So, even if you succeed in de-silting the ports, the goods cannot be evacuatedâ€¦if the goods leave the port at all, they sleep on the roadâ€,
Akpabio said Akwa Ibom State government had started rebranding long before now, hence governmentâ€™s decision to embark on massive infrastructural renaissance to improve the lives of the citizenry.
While commending President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua for kick-starting the rebranding project of Nigeria by appointing men of proven integrity and intellect into his cabinet, the governor harped on the need for physical, spiritual and mental rebranding of Nigerians.