‘Economy needs urgent fix, Nigerians are hungry’


A Niger Delta group, Urhobo Monitoring and Development Group, on Saturday called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fix the country’s ailing economy from sliding into total collapse.
Prince Kingsley Oberuruaria, National President of UMDG, told journalists that Nigerians are hungry noting that the economy needs proactive measure to prevent it sliding into eminent ‘recession.’
Oberuruaria stressed that there was nothing wrong for a government to wedge war against corruption but the same attention should also be accorded to the nation’s dying economy where the average Nigerian can hardly afford a meal per day at present.
The group said it has observed that the APC-led federal government was not doing enough to tackle the economy which it reminded the government that hunger knows no political or religious affiliations.
It also expressed reservation with the ongoing diversification into economy and other sectors saying that the Niger Delta region was being ignore in that directive.
“Fighting corruption is good but the revival of the economy needs greater attention in this present time where the average Nigerian can barely afford a meal in the present circumstances. The truth is that Nigerians are hungry and you don’t need a soothsayer to know”, UMDG boss added.
It added that effort to know what the government was doing so far to raise living standard of Niger Delta, it said, “We observed that the government diversification is mainly concentrated in the north, nothing so far in the south especially oil-rich Niger Delta.
“The renewed militancy should not be excused for our exclusion. We have not heard anything about the revival of Delta Steel Company Aladja since President Buhari took over. Government needs to support the full take off of EPZ Ogidigbe. All these should be the palliatives to appeals the people of the region.”

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