Nigeria must restructure now to Survive – Reverend Nicholas Okoh

The Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, has said that “this is this best time for Nigeria to restructure its polity.”
Okoh expressed his support for other prominent Nigerians calling for the restructuring of the country shortly after he ar­rived in Awka, the Anambra State capital for the meeting of the Church of Nigeria’s Stand­ing Committee. The summit is being attended by over 170 Archbishops and Bishops of the church at Emmaus House, Awka.
He pointed out that if the Federal Government had car­ried all sections of the country along in the scheme of things, the ongoing clamour for re­structuring wouldn’t have come up.
The eminent cleric said that for Nigeria to come out of the current recession it must en­courage healthy competition among the six geopolitical zones in the country.
He appealed to the rul­ing All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peo­ple’s Democratic Party (PDP) to stop the blame game over who caused the nation’s ills and work for the well being of Nigerians.
Before the restructuring is carried out, Okoh said “gov­ernment should embrace eve­rybody because that is what is causing the critical issue of re­structuring. They should reach out to everybody; they should broaden the base of administra­tion. If everybody is there, the clamour for restructuring will be less. In any case, restruc­turing does not mean Nige­ria should be destroyed. What people are asking for, I think, is to reintroduce competition into the system because a situ­ation where there is no compe­tition, there can hardly be any progress.”
To steer the nation out of its current economic woes, he said that the power sector needs to be fixed.
He said: “In the first place, we are late to diversify. We ought to have used our oil earnings to produce better in­frastructure for our country. By now, we ought to have efficient railway system, air transporta­tion system, stable electricity power supply and so on but we are still struggling. I even learnt that our electricity supply will go down soon.
“They said that because a particular power station is closing down, we will be losing over 1,000 megawatts. It means that soon Nigeria will be in to­tal darkness. That is according to the news. But I know that if we had spent our money very well, by now, our country will be a place that generates hope for the young people.
But it is better late than never. So, diver­sification is the song of the mo­ment. Whatever the leaders can do to diversify our economy and lead us out of this mono­culture economy, the better for us. But it is going to be tough because how do you diversify without light?”