31 August 2012

Nigeria Needs Political Will to Develop - Jang

Gov. Jonah Jang of Plateau said in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday that Nigerians required the right political will to achieve true development.

Jang and governors of Rivers, Enugu, Niger, Katsina and Borno states are in Germany to understudy its government with a view to adopting best practices in the governance of their states.

The tour is a result of the collaborative effort between the Nigeria Governors´ Forum and the German Agency for International Cooperation.

Jang told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that development in Berlin had made it impossible to differentiate between East and West Berlin.

He said he was optimistic that with zeal and determination Nigeria would be transformed like Germany.

´´These people are human beings and I do not see why we should not be able to do the same thing that they are doing.

´´We have gifted people in our country and we have the manpower.

" I think our biggest problem is just the political will to be able to say we want to achieve this and we try to achieve it,´´ Jang said.

He said although Nigerians were hard working, the major problem was that they misplaced their priorities.

Jang attributed the situation to the lack of nationalism and determination to succeed on the part of past governments and the people.

He said that even without solid minerals, unlike Nigeria, Germany had the strongest economy in Europe.

He said with zeal and the right political will Nigeria would not only be the strongest economy in Africa but would compete with some European countries.

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