“We will overcome economic challenges” – @SpeakerDogara
February 14, 2016.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has appealed to Nigerians to continue to be patient and understanding about the current economic challenges in the country.
Dogara spoke in Enugu at a thanksgiving reception organised by the member representing Nkanu West /Nkanu East Federal Constituency, Hon. Chukwuemeka Ujam, according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr Turaki Hassan.
While acknowledging that times are hard as a result of dwindling oil revenue, with many states unable to pay workers’ salaries, the Speaker expressed optimism that Nigeria will overcome these challenges in no time.
“We know that times are hard, especially in the nation. People are complaining, some rightly. There is grumbling from all quarters about the state of the economy,” he stated.
The Speaker maintained that the present economic situation calls for more patience and sacrifice on the part of the people because according to him, “it means things that used to be there will no longer be there and that calls for greater understanding of the situation we found ourselves as a country.”
He said: “From a time in this nation when we used to earn about $4 billion monthly to now that I think we are reasonably earning $1 billion monthly.”
“However, I sincerely believe that we will not remain there and that is what our calling as leaders is; to always rise above these challenges and chart ways through which we can provide solutions to these myriad of economic challenges bedeviling our nation.”
While expressing optimism about the future of the country and the present crop of leaders, the Speaker added, “I am sure with credible leaders at the national level we will get out of this in no time.”
The Speaker also called on people of the federal constituency to keep supporting Hon. Ujam who, according to him, has shown commitment and desire to represent his people well by sponsoring motions and bills in the House.
“Once you have identified a member who is performing, continue to support him.”
“If my constituents had not returned me to the House of Representatives for the third time, there was no way I would have been the Speaker,” he added.