June 12: Democracy enthusiasts seek revival of basic amenities

Democracy lovers in the country have urged both state and Federal Governments to revive social amenities to enable Nigerians to reap more dividends of democracy.

They made the appeal while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta  on Sunday ahead of the celebration of ‘Democracy Day’ on Wednesday.

Democracy Day is a national public holiday in Nigeria to commemorate the restoration of democracy in 1999.

The Founder, ‘Useful Youth Vision Concepts (UYVC)’, an NGO, Mrs Adetokunbo Shonibare – Ayantunji said,”Democracy is  yet to fully deliver dividends to all Nigerians.

”For the dividends of democracy to be reaped, electricity supply must be regular.

”Nigerians pay extremely high costs to access electricity, which in turn has a geometrical reaction on their finances .

“Many companies have folded up as a result of the lack of adequate electricity and other factors.”

Shonibare – Ayantunji said for Nigerians to enjoy the dividends of democracy, basic amenities like electricity, potable water, sanitation and health care facilities must be available.”

She,however, pointed out that there have been notable advancements in areas like media freedom and civil society engagement.

The Iyaloja of Owode market , Mrs Monsurat Adelaja decried the lack of good roads to transport goods and services in some of the communities .

Adelaja said that challenge has negatively impacted the prices of goods and services.

She pleaded with the government to rehabilitate the roads to enhance transportation for the traders and Nigerians as a whole.

A butcher at Kuto Market, Abrokuta Alhaji Sherif Hassan, urged governments to end herder–farmer conflicts.

” The conflicts, ongoing insecurity and terrorism are deterrents to our business and reasons we are not enjoying democracy in Nigeria,” he said .

Hassan canvassed for a security sector reform, calling for a ‘professionalised security forces’,  to address corruption and enhance community policing.

Mrs Roseline Olusegun , a textile dealer at Kuto market said Nigeria’s democracy was still evolving.

“Addressing the challenges will require collective efforts from the citizens, civil society, government and other stakeholders,” she said.(NAN

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