The former national publicity secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Anietie Okon, has alleged that the federal government was playing politics with socioeconomic growth of the nation by stifling development projects in states not controlled by the party at the centre.
Okon, who said this in an interview on Sunday in Uyo, said it is surprising that even as the nation’s economy is fast decomposing, the government at the centre is equally going into quandary, advised the President, Muhammedu Buhari to make official pronouncement on the devaluation of the naira instead of subjecting the national currency to a free fall in an autopilot-style economic policy.
“They should know that Nigeria is a federation. States and regions should be allowed to develop at their own pace. Using the federal might to block approval of projects which should go to certain states because such are not controlled by federal government party is both counterproductive and naive on the part of such decision makers.
“And leaving the nation’s economy in autopilot as we are currently experiencing does not only expose lack of grasp of the macro economic realities on the part of government at the centre, but also betray a lack of capacity to learn, harness the best human and material resources in the land to salvage the nation and save the masses from the ongoing excruciating social and economic morass,” he said.
He said what is playing out in the Nigeria at the moment is crude political partisanship with its concomitant discrimination, intimidation, nepotism and general depression unlike governance which the interest of the masses, irrespective of region or religion, is paramount.
Okon urged President Buhari to review his economic policies by adopting holistic development models that tackle corruption, provide employment opportunities to the youths of the country reduce poverty and make essential social services available and affordable to all.