By Ola Ajayi
AS Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) continues activities marking its 50th anniversary, the Bauchi State Governor, Isa Yuguda has said the present day politicians should learn from the virtues of good leadership left behind by the former Premier, Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and his contemporaries.
He advised politicians that it would be beneficial for the country if her leaders could shed the toga of ethnic bias and work together for the progress of the country.
The governor who was the chairman of the occasion said the modern day politicians have a lot to gain from the selfless services of people like Dr Nnamdi Azikwe, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Sir Ahmadu Bello among others.
Noting agriculture as the countryâ€™s economic mainstay, he added that it would be better for our leaders to follow the footsteps of our departed politicians who held agriculture in high esteem.
The reliance of the past leaders on agriculture, he explained really had positive impacts on the economy.
He said maximum use of the countryâ€™s fertile land like the politicians of old would certainly yield positive results.
According to him, â€œUnless the agro-allied sector is developed to the required standard, fighting poverty through poverty alleviation programmes would merely be a mirage.
On his defection to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he said it would not affect his political fortunes in 2011 but would rather brighten his chances.
Speaking earlier, the NTA Zonal Director, Ibadan, Mrs Elizabeth Aina-Scott,Â hinted that despite the fact that the WNTV had lost its identity to the NTA,Â the station in Ibadan has not relinquished its broadcast excellence.
Dignatries on the occasion included Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala,Â Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja, Mrs. Folake Solanke, first female SAN, Senator Lekan Balogun, andÂ Mrs Anike Agbaje-William and Awolowoâ€™s daughter.