Mr. Donald Duke the previous Governor of Cross River State has sounded a dreary cautioning that all is not well in Nigeria, in spite of the September news that the nation was out of subsidence.
I think how we can be productive and remain competitive is first, it will cost us five billion dollars to build pipelines that will ensure that there is gas; five thousand is about a million dollars per kilometre, five thousand kilometres of pipelines around this country. Wherever you are, you are not far from gas.
Duke stated, "We are living in a fool’s paradise" at the official dispatch of the National Competitiveness Report and Sub National Index held in Lagos, yesterday. “We here in Lagos are cocooned from the realities of Nigeria. Take a trip to Borno State; go to parts of the north and the Niger-Delta.”
Two weeks back, Duke said he was conversing with Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede and Aliko Dangote, when the last recounted the narrative of a kid, around five or six years of age, whom he found at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp and requested his dad.
Duke said. "The chap took a gander at him (Dangote) however did not comprehend the idea of fatherhood," "He is in the IDP Camp. There are a great many them in those camps; there is no desire for them; everything they do there is quite recently relaxing."
The truth, Duke noted, was that the legislature of the day was more intrigued by politics than economics aspects. "Also, on the off chance that you don't get the economics aspects right, at that point governance can't work," he said. "You can't be competitive when you are not productive. The primary thing is how would we get productive?"
Additionally, Duke censured the route states in Nigerian have been set up, clarifying that the units consider themselves to be political entities, however not as economic elements.