Poor leadership, reliance on foreign aid hinders development- Dogara

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has attributed Africa’s under development to poor leadership and reliance on foreign aid.

He stated this when he received the Sudanese ambassador to Nigeria, Ibrahim Busha, in his office.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan,  Mr. Dogara maintained that for Africa to develop, its leaders must begin to look inward and proffer solutions instead of waiting for aids from the West

“Instead of us looking inwards, we have always looked outwards to aids that come to Africa and most cases, these aids have some strings attached to them that tend to imprison and impoverish our people more than liberating them and putting them on the ladder of economic prosperity. So that is one thing we have to ensure is done across Africa, to provide the kind of leadership that lifts our people out of poverty and places them on the pedestal of economic growth and prosperity and that is something we can do when we further our cooperation and deepen our relationship with countries that occupy leading positions in Africa.”

Mr. Dogara argued that African leaders must begin to practice governance that really puts Africans first.

The speaker explained that “It is unacceptable that our continent is still being characterised as a dark continent. I sincerely believe that for us to make progress, leadership in Africa must be really for the people, certainly. If we do that, there is no limit to potentials of an African. It is unfortunate that we have been locked in a situation whereby leadership and governance as it is practised has only tied us to aids from the western world.”

Dogara who further called for cooperation and deepened relationship among leading African countries, said it is one of the ways through which the continent can achieve its goals of development.

“There is so much more, going forward, that we can do to provide the leadership that Africa needs for its progress.”

He assured the Sudanese ambassador that the House of Representatives will work on agreements and treaties between the two countries to the benefit of Nigerians.