A forum of former Deputy governors has called for an aggressive and creative branding project for the country to promote national pride and good citizenship.
This was part of the communiqué issued to journalists at the end of a one-day conference of the forum with the theme: Nation Building In Challenging Times,” held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
The communiqué was signed by the national chairman of the forum, Dr Chris Akomas; deputy national chairman, Hazeem Gbolarunmi; Secretary, Lazarus Yoriyo and the board of trustees member, Prof. Onje Gye-Wado.
The forum said to succeed in branding Nigeria for the better, there must be deliberate efforts to promote consciousness about core National values such as discipline, integrity, the dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance and diversity.
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The communiqué in parts, “there is a need for an aggressive and creative branding project of Nigeria to promote national pride and good citizenship.
“To achieve this there must be a promotion of consciousness about core National values such as discipline, integrity, the dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance and diversity.”
The forum which identified a lack of detribalized and patriotic leadership, personalization of state power, and widespread insecurity as factors that have greatly undermined Nigeria’s productivity called for the promotion of the culture of good governance, accountability and politics of development.
The forum also decried the unstable foreign policy, rapid population growth and high infant mortality, rising debt profile, poor administration of elections and the polarization of the Nigerian polity which it said has undermined national cohesion.
It added that appointing security chiefs and administrators should be based on competence and capacity even as it called for adequate funding of education and health for human capital development.
The conference also resolved that efforts should be sustained to reposition the Forum of Former Deputy Governors to offer greater contributions to the quest of Nation building adding the Forum should, as a matter of necessity, document its experiences for posterity.