AU ECOSOCC lauds Nigeria, urges fight against corruption

(190712) -- GABORONE, July 12, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Participants hold a banner during the African Anti-Corruption Day in Gaborone, capital of Botswana, July 11, 2019. The African Union (AU) declared July 11 anti-corruption day in recognition of the vast progress made by the AU convention on preventing and combating corruption and cognizant of the need to continually reflect on approaches to end corruption. (Xinhua/Stringer)

The African Union Economic Social and Cultural Council (AU ECOSOCC) has congratulated Nigeria and her citizens on the occasion of the country’s 59th independence anniversary, saying though Nigeria has not reached its Eldorado, it  has made considerable progress.

The union said the resolute spirit of Nigerians, both leader and the led still remains the pride of the African continent. Therefore Nigeria must use this occasion to reflect on the journey so far, and the plan of the forefathers of the nation.

The AU ECOSOCC Nigeria representative, Mr Oba Olasunkanmi Adebusuyi, in a statement Tuesday in Abuja said the journey to the promised land is still far for the nation and that  leaders must continue to work at making the vision of the forefathers a reality.

He said all political efforts must be channel towards moving the country to an enviable heights and focus on safety and security of lives and property which is the core responsibility of the government. 

“Policies must be targeted toward enhancing the social security of all citizens while appropriate investment on health, agriculture, education and ICT should be prioritised. There is the need to place more premiums on the lives of Nigerians both home and abroad, while settling the problem of terrorism and Boko Haram in the North east is brought to an end.

“Nigeria has come a long way and we must commend the resolute spirit of Nigerians. But Nigeria must continue to take the lead in Africa,” he said.

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