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FG laments poor state of devt

By Emeka Mamah

KADUNA—The Federal Government is not happy with the poor state of development in the country in the last 49 years of the nation’s independence.

Minister of State for Information, Alhaji Aliyu Bilbis who made this known regretted that despite the huge expenditure for the provision of public utilities by the government since independence, Nigerians are yet to feel the impact of such efforts.

Bilbis spoke at the third annual conference of College of Administrative and Social Sciences of the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna saying that the situation was affecting educational development, environmental management, science and technology and agricultural development.

He also attributed what he described as the country’s electoral process, constitution and constitutionalism, financial management, corruption, national and social security, local government administration, healthcare as other issues militating against national growth.

Bilbis stressed that the task of meeting these challenges would be surmounted if Nigeria must attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).

He however promised that the President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration will continue to address these challenges in the overall interest of the masses adding as part of meeting these challenges, the government will make conscious efforts at increasing the level of computer literacy in the country even as 570 secondary and tertiary institutions in the country have been connected with ICT facilities.

According to the Minister, about 400 other schools will also be connected with ICT facilities before the end of this year.


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