Bishop Kukah: Nigeria Can Attain Develop Nation Status If…
Bishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah has said that Nigeria has all it takes to attain the status of a developed nation, if its resources are properly and judiciously managed.
This is also as he averred that the country has no reason to be where it is presently both economically and politically in terms of infrastructural development.
Represented by the Chancellor, Good Shepherd Seminary, Kaduna, Reverend Father Habila Dabo on the occasion of donation of a toilet facility and bore-hole to Government Secondary School (GSS), Kakuri, Kaduna by Simon Peter Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation.
He advised that people should not see Nigeria as a national cake to be shared, but a nation that its citizens must work together to develop.
“Nigeria is a nation that needs its citizens to contribute his or her quota in its growth and development which can easily lead us to genuine civiliazation” Bishop Kukah said.
He said any meaningful government cannot survive in leadership if it does not work with the people, stressing that government that is not people oriented or people centred is not qualified to lead the people.
To this end, he said government cannot, but employ the services of other focused and committed sectors that have like minds in serving the people.
He noted, “It is at this stage that the private sector comes in to assist and collaborate with the government in making sure the leaders and the led both journey together”.
Bishop Kukah maintained, “We have no reason in Nigeria to be where we are today economically, politically and in terms of infrastructures too. Nigeria has all it needs to be a developed nation.
“Our bane of development as a nation is poor management of what we have.
“The founder of this Foundation may not be as rich as Steve jobs or Zuckerberg of faceboook, or even Dangote here in Nigeria, but he has given what he has t assist in the development of our fellow brothers and sisters who are in the same Nigeria where money, our money is wasted and some lodged in foreign banks.
“We must put religious and ethnic sentiments behind us if we want the people to have a sense of the national cake”.
Earlier, the founder of the Foundation, Engineer Simon Opara said he was inspired by the fact that giving back to humanity should be every ones business, stressing that government alone cannot provide for everybody in the society.
He urged wealthy individuals and corporate organizations to also help contribute meaningfully to the society as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
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