From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) on Wednesday blamed Nigeria’s woes on leadership deficit, saying that the situation might be worsened in 2023 if wrong leaders are elected
The Asaba chapter Chairman of the Institute, Mr Frank Apokwu who spoke to journalists in Asaba in reaction to the 59 years of Nigeria shattered economy, noted that to appraise Nigeria’s economic journey after 59 years of Independence, would amount to footless efforts following poor management by the failed Leadership right from the outset
Akpokwu however, assured that despite the worsened insecurity, among others in Nigeria, there are still great portential for growth considering her endowment with natural resources, adding” previous efforts at planning and visioning were not sustained as Nigeria lost the compass when oil was discovered in commercial quantity in Oloibiri in 1958” alleging that many leaders shifted their attention from agriculture and invested in oil exploration and exploration as quicker means to wealth
He said that the expectation was that an Independent Nigeria will present and expand equal Opportunities of economic, social and cultural advancement of the people, but that a critical analysis of the indices of development point to the fact that these expected benefits has been undermined by successive Nigerian leaders for selfish and ethnic considerations
Among other Identified challenges were corruption, lack of patriotism, wrong philosophy of education, over reliance on oil, wrong foreign exchange policy , unemployment, inadequate power supply, poor Infrastructure, inflation and insecurity, ease of doing business, policy changes and inconsistency, Apokwu opined that if the Nigerian economic environment must thrive, unity of purpose , promotion of small and medium enterprises, increase funding for research and development and outgrowing ethnicity, religious bigotry and sycophancy by electorates to enthrone desired and needed leaders must be considered
Meanwhile, the founder of Ebreme Foundation for elderly, Dr Moore Ebreme has warned against the health implications associated with sedentary lifestyles.
Dr Moore Ebreme who spoke to Journalists in Asaba on Wednesday warned that insufficient exercise may lead to stroke or other cardiovascular disease due to weak arteries, adding that regular exercise has a unique capacity to exhilaration and calm to counter depression and dissipate stress