By Ekeoma Ogwo and Augusta Uchediunor
A former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has charged the incoming administration on unity and managing diversity for a fair, just, and better nation.
Mimiko made the call at the Change and Development Forum powered by the Dare Adeboye Foundation on Thursday.
It had the theme: “Good Governance and Accountability: Setting the Agenda for Nigeria’s Incoming Administration.”
In his address, Mimiko emphasised steps to help the nation become better developed.
“We must manage and confront our diversity. The ultimate management of diversity is to be fair and just to everybody. You must see this as your number one priority.”
He also strongly recommended that different efforts must be made to make the public space more inclusive.
According to the former governor, the new administration must be creative, innovative, and deliberate.
He added that we must plan and target, must protect our local and “adire’’ industry as well as begin patronising made-in-Nigeria products.
On how to be more accountable, Mimiko reiterated the need to improve the quality of law enforcement agents and secure the nation.
“Without security, we are talking about nothing. There is a consensus that a centralised policing system cannot secure Nigeria.
“Since all the major presidential candidates have ascribed the evolution of policing to the sub-sectional, the government should quickly ensure that they place state police among other measures in securing Nigeria,” he added.
On measures to develop the nation, he charged the electorate to hold the leaders accountable.
“You must know the mechanisms available to you. That is where freedom of information comes in. It gives access to everybody to demand any information from any government agency.”
As the keynote speaker, Mimiko underscored the need for Nigerians to know what to expect from the leaders.
“We must be aware. If the leaders don’t know their responsibility, we must hold them accountable.”
On his part, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Olatokunbo Talabi, said the state government has been accountable in its approach.
He said: “As an administration, what we have done is that for any project, we call all stakeholders to give us a priority on the reparation of the road that is most important to them.”
Talabi, however, commended the Dare Adeboye Foundation for the timely gathering on governance and development of the nation.
Pastor Leke Adeboye, who is the CEO of the Dare Adeboye Foundation, described the foundation as kingdom advancement that focuses on youth empowerment, education, leadership and government, sanitation, and clean water initiatives.
He highlighted that the foundation, In the last year, recorded many successes, including the donation of a block of eight bathrooms and toilets in Iwo and a community in Akwa-Ibom.
“There was also a donation of a borehole with 10 water tanks in the exact location.”
The foundation has also constructed a 3,000-seater hall/youth church in Ifewa called the Living Seed Church.
“We have organised free training for more than 100 youth in web 3.0 skills blockchain and then NFT and cyber security, and trained about 100 youths in data science among others,” he outlined.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that The Dare Adeboye Foundation is a legacy and impact organisation created to immortalise Pastor Oluwadamilare Adeboye and to further his vision and deep commitment to impacting lives and communities all around Africa.
Adeboye, 42, died in his sleep on Wednesday, May 4, 2021 in Eket, Akwa Ibom, where he was based with his family as an assistant pastor in charge of Region (Youth) 35.
He was the third child of Pastor Enoch Adeboye., General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
He is survived by his wife and three children.
The foundation is poised to continue the good works of Pastor Dare Adeboye in perpetuating effective change within Africa.
This is in its quest to change the world and become a force for positive impact and sustainable development by leveraging partnerships and collaborations to deliver individual, community and nation-based impact. (NAN) www.nannews.ng
Edited by Vivian Ihechu