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Pursue people-oriented goals in 2017, NIG tells FG, states

Governments at all levels in Nigeria have been asked to pursue people-oriented goals in the coming year in order to improve the living standard and people’s lives.

The Nigerian Independence a group (NIG), a socio-economic think tank, which made the call, also urged the citizens to remain vigilant and ensure that governance serves their best interest.
The pieces of advice were contained in a New Year Day felicitation issued by the group in a press statement signed by its Convener, Professor Akinyemi Onigbinde.
The NIG stated that, “We join all Nigerians in celebrating the successful exhaustion of the year 2016 as they no doubt survived the throes of unprecedented economic crisis, insecurity, and exacerbated rot that characterised the spent epoch.”
The group noted that the challenges were “the corollary of wrong leadership choices and decisions,” but added that “the people survived by a special grace.
“As the year 2017 beckons, we ask Nigerians not to relent in their characteristic resilience and moral resistance to non- beneficial policy options. We must always remember that eternal vigilance is required for good governance to be realised.
“It is our hope that Nigerians would have been afforded the learning curve towards adapting to the new realities, and ensure that no opportunity for achieving their quest for upward mobility is left unexplored.”
It said, “The NIG is not unaware of how government policies, blueprints and budgetary decisions are key to unleashing the opportunities requisite to mitigating the harsh economic conditions that the people have endured.
“We however call on government at all tiers to be more responsive to the people. We ask that this time, budgets should not just be about empty ‘buzzphrasing’ and the bureaucratic rituals that only empower a few cronies of elements in power, but conceptualized in manner that can afford the extrication of most from the backwaters.”


Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.