THE SUBMISSION OF MEMBER OF HOUSE OF REPS, REPRESENTING ETI OSA FED. CONSTITUENCY AT NATIONAL AASSEMBLY, HON. IBRAHIM BABAJIDE OBANIKORO, AT THE ONGOING GLOBAL CONFERENCE OF YOUNG PARLIAMENTARIANS IN PARAGUAY
IBO said ” Once upon a time in 2003, Nigerians — by a survey conducted in the UK — were the happiest people on earth. Unfortunately today, same cannot be said of us, owing to several reasons which are not unknown to us. However, measures and steps are being taken to get us back to that enjoyable status of life.
“With an estimated population of 182 million people, where 91 million of them are below the age of 30 and an annual growth rate of 3.5%, Nigeria is faced with a lot of challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite these challenges, the country is unrelenting in its effort at ensuring success is recorded.
STEPS AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TOWARDS A FAIR WELL-BEING OF THE CITIZENS
In 2018, the National Assembly passed the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill which reduced the age to contest for elective positions in the country. Today, a lot of youths have benefitted, and are still benefitting from this.
“Health has been taken more seriously today and the way we manage the Ebola scourge is a case study here. Also, mortality rate has reduced and maternal and child health care have improved tremendously.
On Agriculture, the government is encouraging and partnering with farmers to increase their local production of agricultural produce. The Lake Rice, a joint local rice production of Lagos State and Kebbi State government is an exemplary feat. Furthermore, a lot of fish and cash crop farmers can attest to the support of the government towards revamping the agricultural sector.
“On education, we are making progress. Efforts of all sorts are being put in place to help educate our children and reduce the number of out-of-school children as in the case of the almajiris.
“Gender equality is also being addressed as a lot of women came out for elective positions in the last general elections. Though many of them lost, it was not in any way connected to their gender. Gender equality is also being considered in government appointments.
We are still a far cry from where we ought to be but progress is being recorded in all areas of SDGs, and I believe our well-being as a country is the top priority of our leaders. Nigeria will surely get there.
“I seize this opportunity to appeal to the citizens of my dear country, Nigeria and the people of South Africa to grow beyond the illiteracy currently plunging us into killing one another and also destroying one another’s property. Together we stand, divided we fall. I say a big NO to xenophobia” IBO said.