By Nick Chibunna
Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka, has appealed to Nigerians to adjust to the realities of the present economic situation in the country but added that government is doing “everything within its powers” to alleviate the sufferings of the masses.
Professor Anwuka, also former secretary to the Imo State government, stated this recently while addressing a special Senate Session of the Imo State University (IMSU), to honour former members of the senate who have been elevated to various positions recently.
He said that the present situation makes it imperative for all Nigerians to adopt a new life style that is devoid of waste and ostentatious display of scarce resources, adding that the present situation demands the celebration of special occasions with local drinks and food items instead of imported champagne and imported tooth-picks.
The junior minister blamed the current economic woes on the previous administrations which, he said, failed to diversify the economy, but relied on oil revenue and importation of basic products which have adversely affected the people’s well-being due to the sharp drop in oil prices.
He said that the federal government is in sympathy with Nigerians over the present hardship and appealed to all to remain calm, as palliative measures are already on the way to ameliorate the sufferings of the people. Soon, the country will come out of the woods, he said.
Prof Anwuka promised to be a good ambassador of Imo State in the federal executive council, adding that as a state that cherishes quality education, he would make sure it is carried along in the education policies of the federal government.