(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – To douse the increasing tension arising from inability of most of the 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory to meet their financial obligations as well as reduce cries of marginalisation, appropriate authorities have been charged to increase the derivation formula to states from 13 percent to 70 percent, while the Federal Government takes 30 percent.
This suggestion was made by Prof. Kingdom Orji of the department of History and Diplomatic Studies, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, at an Inaugural Lecture titled: Signature in the sands of time: A Legacy for human’s survival and strategy in Nigerian Society, on Thursday.
According to the professor of African History, the initiative will encourage competitiveness among the states, as they exploit their untapped mineral resources to improve Internally Generated Revenue as it was in the good old days in Nigeria.
Looking at the links between human labour and the environment all through time, the Inaugural lecturer recalled that the colonial economy created wage labour, integrating Nigerian economy into world capitalist system which is characterized by unequal experience in international division of labour.
Prof. Orji empasized that national development is a collective responsibility and urged every Nigerian to place high premium on the dignity of labour. “We must be committed to signing our signature of human survival strategy in the sands of time if we must remain relevant in the society and actualize our individual development dreams”, he said.
He also harped on the need for the Federal Government to “embrace value reorientation that emphasizes dignity of labour”, while calling on Trade Union leaders to prevail on political leaders to pursue politics that reflects good governance.
In his own remarks at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Prof. Ozo-Mercuri Ndimele, lauded the inaugural lecturer for speaking the truth and like a professor, touching on different areas of the economy and history of Nigeria as a nation.
Pro. Ndimele however emphasized on the need for people to leave a mark, a good signature, that they will be will be remembered for, even as he screamed that rigging of elections in Nigeria is worse corruption, and that any one who engages and benefits from a corrupt electoral process is a daylight robber, and lacks the moral right to talk against corruption in Nigeria.
The Etche – born educational administrator further observed that the quality of a nation’s human resources determines how rich it becomes, and that Nigerians must continue to talk until such a time when the citizens will begin to wake up from their indifference and demand for good governance and a better society, as it is done in other climes.
Present at the lecture were scholars from within and outside Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, International Director of Greater Evangelism World Crusade, Pastor Isaac Olori, friends and relations of the inaugural lecturer, Prof. Kingdom Orji.