(By Iheanyi Ezinwo)- Nigeria may not have achieved as much as expected in 60 years but the country has recorded significant achievements in education, politics, health and other aspects of national life.
These observations were made by Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh in a chat with Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Barr.Emeh, who served in the administration of Dr. Peter.Odili in several capacities, including as Commissioner for Transport and Aviation, explained that Nigeria did well to minimize the impact of COVID-19, even when not many people gave her a chance, thinking that citizens would be dropping dead on the street due to lack of where withal to fight the pandemic, unlike the case in the western world that are sufficiently equipped to confront the menace.
Speaking further, the Emohua born political strategist hinted that Nigeria has also done well in the area of human resources development.
“All the people that are making waves outside the country are Nigerians that were trained in Nigeria.
“The long list include Oby Okwesili, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who was recently appointed Director General of World Trade Organisation and Dr. Adesina, recently re elected Managing Director of African Development Bank.
In the area of politics, Chief Emeh posited that Nigeria is not lagging behind though the country has not been able to promote democracy to the expected level.
Although he argues that the recently concluded Edo governorship election cannot be used as a yardstick to measure Nigeria’s political maturity, Barr. Emeh noted that the introduction of a new system where electoral officers electronically transmit results from one location to another was commendable.
According to him, the introduction of technology driven system in general elections – as it is also the practice in England where he had voted in more than 10 elections, would improve the Edo experience and facilitate automatic release of results and check cases of hijack of materials and results.
Responding to a question, Barr. Emeh said: ” The fact that we are running into 21 years of democracy and the military has not intervened means that they appreciate that military administration is an aberration.
“At 21 years of democracy, we are running slowly but we are likely to increase our speed, and then go into marathon.
” We want say that, at 60, we can beat our chest and say that we have tried our best.
“We only urge the leaders to separate facts from fantasy; to ensure that they think about the people rather than themselves”, while calling for a new policy that would guarantee the welfare of public officers when they are out of office, and on retirement.
The former Chief of Staff, Rivers State Government House further contended that a guaranteed welfare system will encourage people to work to the best of their ability while in service and check the tendency for self enrichment because of the understanding that, as they leave service or retire, their welfare and those of their dependants would not suffer.
Responding to another question, Barr. Emeh explained that he is still actively in politics.
“I am a vocal and versatile politician that can not be underrated.
” If I am with somebody, I am with him; I can go out of my way to defend the person in any situation.
“I have done that in the past and will continue to do so.
” I remain an important chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in my ward, local government and at the state level where I had served in different capacities, right from the time of former Governors Peter Odili and Celestine Omehia, as well as in the administration of Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike”, he emphasized.
On if he will be available for elective office in future, Barr. Emeh replied that, over the years, he had supported all those who were elected into different offices in the state. He added: God is in control; until you die, you will not stop creating “, stressing that the option is not ruled out.