By Etop Ekanem
THE Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rev. Peter Adebiyi has said the Vision 20:2020 programme of the Federal Government can be achievable by a single agenda of eradicating corruption from our national life.
He said this during a seminar organised by the church as part of activities marking the 10th anniversary of the diocese with the theme: â€œAttainability of Vision 20:2020: Nigeria political willâ€ in Lagos yesterday.
According to Rev Adebiyi, â€œNigeria undoubtedly has the potentials and all it takes to realise the 20:2020 Vision, if and only if the right conditions are in place.
The number one condition is solving the energy problem which has been a major obstacle towards the creation of a strong virile economic and manufacturing base for industrialisation and whose regular supply has been taken for granted by even less endowed countries in Africa.â€
â€œSecondly, there must be transparent political reforms to re-engineer the polity and produce acceptable and credible electoral results, there must be a review of the constitution to promote true federalism, especially by ensuring the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution; freedom of worship, freedom to live and actualise oneâ€™s calling in any part of the federation, intensive funding of the health and education sectors in order to raise the standard of living of the citizens of this country.
â€œThere must also be committed attention to the road and rail networks, to allow for easy transportation. Also needed is the creation of a stable and peaceful environment, and provision of adequate security to protect our lives and property.
Truthfully and in reality, my genuine conviction is that all these parameters and the entire Vision 20:2020 can be achievable by one single agenda of eradicating corruption from our national life.
â€œAs long as it is business as usual and the law goes to sleep, and protects those who apply the resources of this nation for private use, we cannot break the charms of poverty and develop as a people.
â€œThe Vision 20:2020 document has all the ingredients needed to make a paradise of Nigeria even against all odds but it is my fear that just as Abachaâ€™s vision 20:2020, has become Yarâ€™Aduaâ€™s Vision 20:2020, we may yet have another Vision 2050 simply because we have refused to turn away from our evil ways as a nation.â€
On the activities of the Diocese in it10 years of existence, the Bishop said apart from the usual sermons from the pulpits, they have involved themselves in the life of the nation in various ways. â€œThese include, but are not limited to regular seminars, lectures on topical national issues, monitoring and observing the conduct of the 2007 general elections, organising a peace meeting for political aspirants into local government councils of Lagos State, provision of schools, clinics, and a hospital dedicated to women and children,â€ he said.
The event which took place at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church Cathedral, Ikeja had eminent Nigerians presenting papers including Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka who spoke on â€œBetween Vision and Illusion.â€
Professor Akin Oyebode, Head, Dept of International Law and Jurisprudence, University of Lagos talked on â€œThe Vision: The Rule of Law and Good Governanceâ€ and Engr Mansur Ahmed, DG, Infrastructure Concession Regulation Commission who presented a paper on: â€œThe Economy and the Vision.â€