By Morenike Bailey
With a conservative population of over two hundred million people and recognition in the global space, with diverse and beautiful ethnicity, Senator Philips Dauda has asserted that the nation’s diversity has been a curse instead of a blessing.
Guest at the annual general meeting of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relation, NIPR, FCT, to discuss “Harnessing Diversity For Nation Building: the Public Relations Perspective”, Senator Aduda said Nigeria has remained a big nation with huge natural and material resources but has failed to properly harness these resources to its advantage.
He added that the retarded development and growth of the nation should be interrogated by the concept of “good governance if we must move forward.”
“I am convinced that the word ‘harness’ will continually interrogate the fact that Nigeria has remained a very big nation both in the continental and global space, with huge material and human resources yet these obvious advantages have largely remained somewhat a curse rather than a blessing to us.
“I must not fail to point out too that our huge natural and human resources have not been passionately deployed to build this nation.
“I am certain that our foundational leaders could not have envisaged that 60 years down the line, the foundational base of our nation have not been thoroughly fortified with good iron rods to support the building blocks of unity and peace needed to embed optimal development,” Aduda said.
He however, enjoined the government at all levels to continue to see the nation’s diversity as a blessing and nurture it to yield the desired result for national growth and development.
Minister of the FCT, Muhammed Bello, represented by his chief of staff, Musa Mai Bornu, emphasized the need to strengthen bonds of unity and reassured of the Federal Government’s commitment to the unity and continuos growth and development of the country.
NIPR chairperson, Mrs. Maryam Sanusi noted as well that “our diversity which is supposed to strengthen us as a nation and a people have sadly somewhat impeded our growth or development.”
She added that the NIPR is greatly propelled by an altruistic desire to re-dedicate the nation and her people to that honored path envisioned by the founding fathers and mothers, hence the birth of the theme.
Nonetheless, she stated that whilst employing PR tools, building the nations still requires the collective effort of all.
“We must therefore endeavor to utilize the tools which Public Relations offers to thank God for bringing us together as a nation so big by her diverse culture and people element, then nurture it and allow it to blossom, so that with one mind, we can build our nation together.
“It is important therefore to stress that no growth or development can occur when we have not joined hands together to build whatever we intend to grow,” she said.
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