By Victor Ahiuma-Young
WORKERS in the nationâ€™s petroleum industry have called on all tiers of government, especially the Federal Government, to focus more on rebuilding and upgrading collapsed infrastructure to returnÂ the country to the path of development.
Under the aegis of Petroleum and natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, the oil workers lamented that state of the nationâ€™s infrastructure especially in the health, energy, education and transport sectors, was nothing to be proud of and called on government at all levels to evolve the political will to address the infrastructural decay in the country.
Speaking on the state of the nationâ€™s infrastructure,Â President of PENGASSAN, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, said most of the infrastructural facilities in the country were now in comatose and had hampered socio-economic and political development of Nigeria.
His words: â€œIt is pathetic that a country that is well pride in being the first in the area of development in the 1970s and 80s are now relying on other countries, which were in the same category some years back.
â€œMost of the political leaders are now going abroad for some of the basic necessities such as health and education. They are sending their children to foreign countries, including West African countries such as Ghana, for higher education after they have spoilt Nigeriaâ€™s higher educational system,â€ he said.
He decried the attitude of nationâ€™s leaders for not formulating and implementing policies that could trigger-off the development of the infrastructure.