Nigerians urged to keep hope alive

Taiwo Ojedele, Lagos

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Oluranti Adebule

Nigerians have been enjoined to keep faith with the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration in its quest to build a new Nigeria.

The Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Oluranti Adebule made this call at the first interactive session among representatives of the Buhari government, led by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed and members of the Public, as well as other stakeholders including labour unions, civil society groups and religious organizations.

The interactive session is the first town hall meeting held by the government to intimate the people about government activities.

The Lagos State deputy governor urged Nigerians not to despair, despite the huge challenges facing the country.

“At this critical point in the history of our nation, I wish to enjoin all Nigerians to keep faith with this administration. This is not the time to despair, it is time to be focused and insist on doing things right. The gains of all ongoing efforts will soon materialize and I believe Nigerians will soon smile again,’’ she said.

In his opening remarks, Minister for information and Culture acknowledged the difficult times Nigerians are passing through.

Participatory Democracy
He noted that the town hall meeting and the presence of Ministers are part of efforts of the present administration to ensure that there was no communication gap between the government and the governed.

According to him, “no platform is as potent and direct as this town hall meeting, bringing the officials of government in direct contact with representatives of the people from all walks of life to discuss issues affecting the polity is the best form of participatory Democracy.

The Minister for information and Culture added that,This will not only ensure that the government hears directly from the people on how its policies and decision affect them, but will also ensure that we carry the people along in the efforts we are making to keep our electoral promises, enthrone good governance and make life abundant for all Nigerians.”