As Nigeria celebrates 58th Independence anniversary, some residents of Enugu Metropolis have advocated building of institutions that will help to check the excesses of individuals with corrupt tendencies.
They made their feelings known when Radio Nigeria went to town to monitor the mood of the celebration.
A Civil Servant, Mr. AdeleyeOluwaseun, who expressed disappointment in the level of economic growth in the country, blamed the citizens for not holding leaders to account.
Mr. Oluwaseun observed that “leaders are bad leaders because we are making them bad leaders. We need to change our mind to institutions, not strong men; we need to be sincere not when I am satisfied and get something that satisfies me and say okay ah nothing concerns me as far as me I dey (sic) okay and at the need of the day we still come out to say it is the leaders, what about the ones we are doing?”
Also, Mrs. ObianujuEse, who expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life, called on the leadership in the country to initiate policies that would improve the lives of the people.
“I am sure nobody is happy with what is happening now but with God we are still moving ahead.
“My little advice is that they should hasten up and look at our economy, it is going down very well so that they know how to arrange things and put things in order for the good of all,” she said.
For Messrs.OnyekaDulubeako and ObinnaChinwetalu, government should establish industries to help check the increasing rate of poverty and unemployment.
In the words of Mr. Dulubeako, “I am feeling so happy that the country has grown up to 58 years but then the economic situation is not improvingand we are praying for them to improve to do more on the economic situation because the masses are really suffering.”
In a similar reaction Mr. Chinwetalu noted that “the fact that many people want to travel outside it means here is not okay; somebody will finish school and go for one year youth service and at the end start learning sewing, so government should start encouraging companies and provide more companies so that there will be employment.”
Beyond remarks by the residents, Radio Nigeria gathered that management of one of the recreation centres in Enugu metropolis used the celebration to organise competitions for some school children in the metropolis.
Vehicular movement was low as civil servants were at home for the public holiday declared by the Federal Government.
ESTHER OGBU AND EDITH AJAH