BY OLUMIDE ABUDU
As Nigeria clocks 61 years of independence today, stakeholders in Akure, Ondo State have expressed views on the state of the Nation.
Even though the nation is passing through some challenges the stakeholders believed that Nigerians still have a lot to be thankful for as the nation commemorates 61 years of total independence from the British Colonial Masters.
They however suggested ways of making the country a better place for Nigerians and all other residents.
The pioneer Chairman of the National Examination Council, NECO and former Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC in Ondo State, Mr Isaacs Kekemeke was of the opinion that the issue of fiscal federalism should be addressed towards achieving a more sustainable economy.
Mr Kekemeke noted Nigeria was yet to attain the era of conducting credible, free and fair elections due to some hitches urging stakeholders especially political leaders to ensure that the electoral process was devoid of infractions.
On her part, a former governorship aspirant in Ondo State, Mrs Jumoke Anifowose opined that the Nation still needed more efforts to develop despite attaining 61 years of independence.
Mrs Anifowose who said insecurity had done more harm than good to the Nation’s development noted that youths empowerement as well as smooth electoral process were needed to achieve a better Nigeria.
The respondents expressed optimism that with the right political will and patriotism by all, Nigeria will continue to retain its position as the giant of Africa.