Abuja – Mrs Felicia Sani, a delegate at the ongoing National Conference, has condemned what she called “the exposure of female bankers to prostitution through unrealisable target set for them by their employers’’.
Sani, who is the President, Market Women Association, made the criticism on Wednesday in her contribution to President Goodluck Jonathan’s address at the inauguration of the conference.
She said such a trend which has had a great impact on socio-economic relationships should be discouraged.
“At the end of each year, banks make millions of Naira, yet they employ young girls and give them unrealisable targets.
“Why will you ask a young girl who is somebody’s wife, or sister or daughter to go from office to office to look for N400 million in a month?
“It is not possible. Let us discourage it. What kind of money are we looking for?’’ the delegate said.
Sani also decried the low patronage of made-in-Nigeria goods by Nigerians.
“If you go to Nnewi in Anambra, there are no parts of a vehicle you will not find there. Instead of buying them, our people prefer to jump into the next available flight to Japan to buy goods.
“Similarly, if you go to Aba, you will see assorted shoes made by local manufacturers. Yet, Nigerians will not buy them.
“But, once the label is replaced with `Made in America’, our people will buy them,’’ she said.
Meanwhile, another delegate, Prof. Ganiyu Raji, who represents Oyo State, has also called for improvement in the country’s power sector to promote industrialisation.
In his contribution to President Jonathan’s speech at the conference’s inauguration, Raji said inadequate power supply had led to the closure of many industries in Nigeria.
He said this had resulted in an increase in the rate of unemployment.
Raji urged the Federal Government to ensure that the national identity card system worked to produce a national database.
Also, Mr Hassan Rilwan, representing Youth Organisations, suggested that the allowance paid to members of the National Youth Service Corps should be drastically increased.
He said it should be equivalent to the salary of a Grade Level 8 Step 1 officer in the Federal Civil Service.
“This will enable graduates to save money to start any business of their choice at the end of their service to the country and reduce the level of unemployment and insurgency in the country,’’ he said.(NAN)