Economic downturn: Dogara calls for understanding

Cyril Okonkwo, Enugu

Speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State

Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, says the economic challenges facing the country at present calls for the understanding and appreciation of citizens.

Dogara stated this at Comprehensive Secondary School, Akpasha, Awkunanaw, Enugu State, at the thanksgiving ceremony for the victory of Mr Chukwuemeka Ujam, member representing Nkanu East/West in the National Assembly. 

He said the slide in global crude oil price has brought Nigeria’s monthly revenue down from four billion dollars to below one billion dollars, stating that this means contracting the expectations of people from government.

He said: “We know that times are hard especially in the nation. People are complaining, some of them rightly, but strongly from all quarters about the state of the economy.  That, therefore, means things that used to be there may no longer be there.  And that calls for greater understanding and appreciation of the situation we are in the country.”

Hopeful Future
Dogara, however, expressed hope that the situation would get better in no time, saying the credible leaders at the helm would chart a path through which Nigeria would come out of the present challenges.

“But I sincerely believe that we will not remain there. And that is what our calling as leaders is: to always rise above challenges, chart the ways through which we can provide solutions to this myriad of economic challenges bedevilling our nation,” Dogara said.

Continuity in Governance
Mr Dogara said there was need for elected representatives to be given more terms in office to enable them to bring their experiences to bear on their performance as legislators.

He said the rules of the National Assembly have made it difficult for first-term legislators to become principal officers, saying that though it looks discriminatory it is necessary for those who have experiences to occupy such positions.

Dogara described Mr Ujam as worthy representative of his people and commended the people of Nkanu East/West Federal Constituency for electing the right person into the National Assembly.

Quality Representation
Speaking with journalists, Ujam said his mission at the House of Representative is to offer quality representation and to attract the best and the most for his constituency.

“And I will also be a voice that will be heard in the nation Nigeria on behalf of Nkanu East and West. Despite the trying times, we are doing our best,” Ujam said.

Telecom Providers
Ujam, who is the vice-chairman, House Committee on Telecommunication, said the committee has commenced investigations into the activities of telecom providers in Nigeria for the abuse of unsolicited text messages.

Among those who graced the event were Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, the Senator representing Ebonyi Centrala, Obinna Ogba and Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Edward Ubosi.