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Sanusi Advocates For People-Oriented Capital Projects For Sustainable Economy


His Highness, Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II, (R), Chairman, anniversary planning committee, Alh Mumuni Alao and UMA National President, Alh Akeeb Oladokun, at the event, in Eko Hotel, V/I, Lagos.

Former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor and Emir of Kano, His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II has called on the Nigerian Leadership to accord due consideration to the common citizens in every socio-economic project planning.
Sanusi made the call recently in Lagos at the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni (UMA) 30th Anniversary with the theme: “Nigeria – Strategy For A Sustainable Economy” and official launching of its N150 Million Scholarship Endowment Fund.

The former CBN Governor affirmed that the bane of Nigerian socio-economic challenge was lack of infrastructural development.

He observed that lack of agriculture; urbanization and infrastructure were pointers to Nigeria’s failure as a nation. Corruption, Emir Sanusi asserted, begins with nepotism, stating that incompetence harms people and hinders development.

The Paramount traditional ruler noted that beyond the Federal character, the country must look for the best in appointment into public offices. Emir Sanusi regretted that this aspect is very challenging to Nigeria, reiterating that corruption begins at this point.

While insiting he was not against Federal character dictate in appointment, the former CBN Governor warned that divisive factors such language, ethnicity and religion differences must be discouraged in appointment into government establisments.

On insecurity, the former CBN Governor regretted that the challenge of corruption in the system which caused lack of development resulted to ignorance and this largely led to challenge of insurgency.

Sanusi who lamented that due to insurgents’ attacks in the North East zone, economic activities such as manufacturing, farming and fishing have ceased in Borno State. He alerted that the state might soon be hit with high rate of infant death, due to hunger.

He stressed that there is need for government to rise up to its obligation in resolving the negative impacts of Boko Haram insurgents on the North East residents. He cited a Commissioner in Borno State presently hosts 370 people either due to fear of attack in their communities or displacement. Sanusi called for concerted efforts and lasting solutions to the menace.

The event was attended by dignitaries such as former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who was the keynote Speaker. He was represented by the former State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. kadiri Hamzat; UNILAG Vice Chancellor, Pro Abdul Rahman Bello; former State Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Muiz Banire; former State Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Musibau Oyefeso and many others.

The anniversary also featured conferment of merit awards on some Muslim industrialists, among whom were: Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Late Chief Abdul Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo and Alhaji Abdul Azeez Arisekola (posthumous); Mr. Biodun Olushina Shobanjo and Alhaja Muheebat Wonu Folami

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