Nigeria in bad shape in past 7 years – Sam Ohuabunwa

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From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

Convener of the New Nigeria Group (NNG), Sam Ohuabunwa has said the country has been in bad shape in the past seven years, therefore needs a new crop of leaders who would take it out from the doldrums.

Ohuabunwa said the new crop of leaders Nigeria needs urgently will be those that are competent, corruption free and not sectional.

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The former president of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) who spoke in Umuahia, Abia State during activities marking the 5th anniversary of a Radio station, Flo FM, regretted that the major problem facing the nation was leadership.

He said it was not a thing of joy that the present crop of leaders have made the country to become a launching stock in the international community.

Ohuabunwa, the guest lecturer at the event, speaking on the theme: “Imperative of Media activism in rescuing Nigeria from the throes of poor and retrogressive Government”, said it had been established over the years that the traditional role of the media has been to inform, educate and entertain the people.

He said in doing so, journalists were supposed to be impartial, but regretted that at times media practitioners deviate from this norm.

“In Nigeria, the independence of the media is not firmly assured because most of the media are owned by Government and they detect what should be news.

“Things have gone so bad in the country especially the killings in North East that the media are tired of reporting them, but one thing is certain, the media cannot be intimidated into abandoning their course.

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“For now, the media seem to be the only hope for the common man. The media may not solve all the problems facing the country, but can bring to the fore, the wrongs in the society”.

Abia State deputy governor, Ude Oko Chukwu noted with delight that the establishment of the Radio station has helped in reducing unemployment.

He commended the management and staff of the organization for coming out with programmes that has helped in remoulding societal values.

Oko Chukwu promised that the state government would partner the station to continue to deliver on its core mandate.

Founder of the Radio station, Raymond Nkemdirim, a retired Director of DSS said he established the station to give the people not only entertainment, but unfiltered access to information.

“We’ve been here for the past five years educating and entertaining the people through apolitical broadcasting”.

He promised that the station would continue to deliver on it’s core mandate.

Highlights of the event were the launch of book written by Nkemdirim and awards given to some personalities including the Abia deputy governor, and a former SSG and Columnist with The Sun Newspapers, Chief Ralph Egbu.

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