Nigeria’s Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki has said Nigeria as a nation needs to create a system that would allow her best trained people who have the required capacity to take over the public sector and make it work for the entire citizenry. Saraki spoke on Friday in Lagos while presenting the key note address at the inaugural National Chevening Alumni Leadership Summit organized by the British High Commission and the Nigeria Chevening Alumni Association in Lagos.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sani Onogu, Saraki said that while the practice across the world was to allow the best brains to go into the public sector, Nigeria’s case is that the most qualified people struggle to join the private sector, the situation, he said, must change such that whether through “the back door, that is by appointment or through the front door, by standing for election, the most educated and skilled people should take over governance and help to convert the numerous God-given resources to genuine development for Nigeria and Nigerians”.
Saraki said, “I wholeheartedly invite you to work with us in productive partnership so that we can journey together in this difficult but necessary task to build the Nigeria that we all wish for, for us and for our children. We are here today to explore ‘The Economic prosperity of Nigeria and the role of alumni in contributing to economic growth.
“As we continue to partner with the private sector, we in the 8th Senate believe that you have a significant role to play in contributing to economic growth largely by engaging with us in government; either at the Executive or Legislative level. We have seen from our partnership with the National Economic Summit Group (NESG), the benefits and we believe that with the caliber of alumni here, more can be achieved. Let me reassure you that we remain focused on achieving economic prosperity for all Nigerians.”