By; VICTOR DURUAMAKU, Owerri
Worried about the persistent fuel crisis in the country, a frontline business magnet and member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has advised the federal government to establish more refineries in the country without further delay to arrest frequent fuel crisis which now impedes movement of goods and services.
“There should be refineries in every state of the federation and until we begin to refine our crude oil internally and also ensure that there is value added to every quantity of oil we export, the issue of fuel scarcity will continue to be with us”, he warned.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu who spoke to newsmen in Owerri on burning national issues, also called for an embargo on the establishment of more universities in the country.
Invariably, he said that the federal government should subject the already existing varsities to a critical evaluation and assessment to ascertain if they are up to the standard of those abroad to groom the youths for leadership.
Lamenting the rots afflicting the nation’ education sector, the business mogul suggested a radical change of the nation’s education system in line with our needs instead of training youths who he said would end up being job seekers instead of job creators.
Reacting to the clamour for restructuring of the nation, the PDP chieftain suggested decentralization of power at the centre and the devolution of more powers to the states and the local government.
As the government closest to the people, he said that the nation’s constitution should be amended with a provision which makes it inevitable for local government administration to be run by experienced, retired and seasoned technocrats who are abreast with the yearnings and aspirations of the rural dwellers.
“Local government administration should not be an all comers affairs, neither should it be left for the boys as a political patronage”.
Chief Iwuanyanwu who also took exception to the bedbug in the country called corruption said that we should not fight the monster at the level of those in leadership or management positions.
“Why should a government official demand gratification before doing his job? Corruption is not only stealing our oil on the high sea. It is a cancer that has eaten deep into the fabrics of our society and all hands must be to the pump for us to eliminate it. We need to develop and to imbibe a culture that will make everybody to believe that corruption is an anathema which should be avoided as is the case in the more advanced nation’s of the world”.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts to tackle corruption in the country, the politician called for an attitudinal change among Nigerians and a proper orientation to wriggle out of the quagmire”.