- Calls for reorientation of Nigerians.
Sam Dede, a Don at the University of Port Harcourt, has stressed that governments should invest in human capital development as a panacea for the growing insecurity in the country.
Dede who is also a popular film actor in the country made his view known at the 2019 Annual Feast of Barracuda, Atlantic Shores Deck in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
He lamented that the policies of successive governments had not addressed the basic needs of the citizens, hence, the growing level of insecurity in the country.
Our Correspondent reports that the annual lecture on national development was organised by the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) Pyrates Confraternity, Atlantic Shores Deck.
Dede who spoke on the theme: “The Nigerian Security Situation: Rethinking the Myths and Realities” said the theme was apt as insecurity was threatening the national cohesion and development.
He explained that in spite the huge amount of money spent on the power sector, Nigeria was yet to get it right with power supply.
He described power as a critical infrastructure needed to achieve national security, and urged the government to urgently do something about power supply in the country.
“If we want to wipe away insecurity and poverty in this country, we must get to the root of the problem which is poverty.
“A country that is so endowed but yet the people remain poor and hungry, the increasing level of conflicts which has displaced more than two million people from their original homes.
“The policy makers should work out precise policies that will guarantee social justice and the well being of the citizens, especially in a situation where the population of the country is fast growing,’’ Dede said.
He called for a reorientation among Nigerians in order to reduce the tide.
He said some experts on developmental studies had suggested that the population of Nigerians in 2050 would be over 400 million, hence the need for the right policy framework that would guarantee their survival.
Dede called for a review of the nation’s educational curriculum in the country “Nigerians should go back to school curriculum and address the issues of curriculum in the country.’’
In his remarks, Mr Pat Ifon, the Chairman of the occasion, welcomed the guest to the ceremony, saying that feast of barracuda is an annual event celebrated across the flagship of the Pyrates Confraternity.
He mentioned that the event was a yearly national event to chart the way forward towards national development.
Ifon, who is the member-elect for Eket Federal Constituency reminded members of the association of their responsibilities to the society.
He submitted that the association had been in the forefront in the struggle for the enthronement of democracy in the country.
In his welcome address, Mr Anietie Offiong, the President Atlantic Shores Deck said the practical aimed of the association was to fight all social ills and conformist degradation within and outside the midst stand supreme.
He said the NAS all over the world celebrate the feast of barracuda annually and said that the barracuda fish was caught by some sailors in the country.