Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, on Friday, called on the Federal Government to create avenue for dialogue to tackle various challenges facing the country.
Okowa who stated this at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 30th anniversary of the creation of Delta State, held at St Phillips Anglican Cathedral, Asaba, said there are too many voices of anger calling for justice, fairness and equity in the affairs of Nigeria.
The governor said “if is not well with the nation it will not be well with the component parts.
“We must not build a nation for the elites and the rich because the rich and the elites will not live peacefully in a country were there and many poor people.
“We are still in a nation were so much power does rest in the center with the Federal Government and I believe it is not right and it is time for more powers to be devolved to the states and more money and resources given to the states.
“Nigeria will be better for it if we restructure but the greatest challenge we have is as a result of insecurity and it is pushing many people more into the poverty line.
“As a country we are troubled and there are so many ethno-religious crisis but its time for us to sit down and talk otherwise we may not be able to continue as a nation
“In staying as a nation, we must find solutions to the voices of anger and we must dispassionately look for the opinion leaders in the different parts of Nigeria and speak truth to ourselves”.
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