By Ibironke Ariyo
The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) has called for a renewed spirit of patriotism and nationality among Nigerians as the nation marks its 63rd independence anniversary.
Dr Yusuf Suberu, National Coordinator, Road Traffic and Vehicle Inspection Mayors, made the call in a message to commemorate the nation’s 63rd independence celebration on Sunday in Abuja.
Suberu, who doubles as Squadron Leader, FCT, said although Nigeria was facing multifarious challenges, nonetheless the country had witnessed significant improvements in some areas.
He urged Nigerians to use the period to give thanks to God for keeping the country, adding that the foundation of some developed countries arose from patriotism of the leaders and citizens of such countries.
“Our country may be ranked among the lowest in the human development index, but there is hope that happy times will be here again.
“Despite the negative impression portrayed about some few Nigerians across countries of the world, more Nigerians have also contributed immensely to the growth of several developmental policies of different economies.
“It is, however, pertinent to call on Nigerians at 63 to respond to the call for patriotism and nationalism, which would enhance and strengthen our democracy and a better economy for our dear nation.
“Rather than grieving over the problems and challenges facing the country, Nigerians must as a matter of necessity move away from lamentation and hopelessness to a new era of hope and positivity about the future of the country,” he said.
The VIO chief said Nigerian leaders were not unaware of the task before them but they also required sacrifice by all Nigerians.
Suberu said Nigeria was blessed with human and other natural resources that could be harnessed for potential growth and development in all spheres.
“Hence the leaders and the citizens must learn to emulate the culture of patriotism, which is the bedrock for success in every society.
“Patriotism is a clarion call to loyalty to one’s society. All over the world the sole mantra for growth and development of any nation boils down to this concept,” he said.
Suberu, however, appealed to Nigerians not to lose hope in their leaders as most nations had passed through similar challenges and emerged stronger.
He said, “thank God that President Bola Tinubu has promised a renewed hope. I have strong hope and conviction that Nigeria will also overcome these challenges. This too shall pass away and happy times be will here again.
“The APC government under the leadership of Tinubu has not left anyone in doubt as to its readiness to restructure, and re-position the country on the path of socio-economic development.
“While it is the responsibility of government to provide the conducive atmosphere to all citizens to realise their potential, we all must work to make Nigeria work again because the era of waste and impunity has gone.”
Meanwhile, Suberu hailed the FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, over massive road construction and rehabilitation in the territory.
He commended the network of road constructions ongoing, adding that it would give the FCT a face-lift and provid succour to the motoring public.
He said it would also attract investors into the territory and improve free flow of traffic in Abuja and environs.
“I want to appreciate him for a job well done and enjoin him to keep up the tempo so as to bring back the territory to its garden city status. And as a traffic mayor, we are excited and in total support of the government,” he said. (NAN) (www.namnnews.ng)
Edited by Salif Atojoko