By Gbenga Oke
Foremost former Federal Permanent Secretary, Chief Philip Asiodu, yesterday in Lagos, stated that Nigeria had suffered over the years due to lack of quality governance and management of all sectors by successive governments.

He also said the poverty in the country was largely due to abandonment of core values of honesty, integrity, discipline, hard-work and fairness to others.

Chief Philip Asiodu
Chief Philip Asiodu

Speaking at the inaugural public presentation of a non-governmental organization tagged New Generation Change Education Foundation, NGCEF, Asiodu, who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the organization, said with high international standards of honesty and integrity maintained by officials in government, Nigeria will certainly make headway.

His words: “The security situation and stability has deteriorated so drastically over the past two decades that on the eve of this year’s election, some international commentators and some Nigerians predicted disaster and disintegration of Nigeria. Thank God that prediction did not materialize.

“Some of us here are old enough to remember with nostalgia the days when the country enjoyed internal peace and order, when high standards of honesty and integrity was the watchword of government officials, executives and employees in the private sector and when appropriate sanctions were promptly visited upon any offenders.”

Rebirth inevitable – Utomi

Also speaking at the event, the guest speaker, Professor Pat Utomi, said he believes change can happen in Nigeria even though it could be difficult.
According to him, “the challenge of change in Nigeria is a daunting one but it is a task that must be done by societies, organizations and each one of us.

“What has happened in Nigeria is such that this nation has lost its relevance even in the comity of Africans and that is why a national rebirth is inevitable.

“Drivers of change in Nigeria has shown that our economy moves two steps forward and up to four or six backward. So these are some of the reasons why society fail and it is our objective to re-strategize for that change.

“What I consider as some of the challenges of Nigeria is paying less attention to human dignity and it is very unfortunate that some of our leaders today have used up all that is meant for this country.

“They have consumed what belongs to their children in the future and they still want to consume what should be for their grandchildren. This is very unfortunate and that is why our rebirth as a nation must start with the process of valuing lives.”

Executive Director of NGCEF, Sheri Ajasin, said the foundation’s mission is to change attitude and value system of every Nigerian.

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