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Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:32 AM

Former President Olusegun
Obasanjo, yesterday, tasked political
leaders to adopt practical measures to
accelerate effective utilisation of
human and natural resources for
sustainable development in the country. Obasanjo gave the challenge while
speaking at the maiden Jigawa
Economic and Investment Summit in
Dutse. The summit was organised by the
state as part of the activities to mark
the 2013 Democracy Day. The major highlight of the summit
was to encourage investment in
agriculture, information and
communication technology, solid
minerals and small and medium scale
enterprises. Obasanjo said Nigeria was endowed
with abundant natural and human
resources, which could be transformed
to the social and economic benefit of
the people. He said: “Nigeria is a land of
opportunities and it is blessed with all
it takes to develop, it has been
stagnant for so long, it is about time
to change these opportunities to
actuality. “There is no reason why we should not
do that, we must invest in education
to save the larger population of the
country or else our population will
become a liability”. The former president said for Nigeria
to attain sustainable development,
children must be trained, educated
and be skilled in every sector to be
self-reliant. Obasanjo said it was necessary for the
government at all levels to adopt
proactive measures to translate the
improvement recorded on the Gross
Domestic Product, GDP, to the
wellbeing of the people. He explained that such improvement
could be translated to provide
employment opportunities, wealth
creation and poverty reduction in the
society. According to him, a conducive and
friendly business environment was
necessary to attract investment
opportunities. Obasanjo commended the state
government for its developmental
stride in education, describing it as
vital tool for development. In a speech, a member of British
Parliament, Lord Boateng, said it was
good for the African countries to
address the problem of capacity
building and poor policies to attract
investment. He said: “The challenge is to build
capacity and communicate a message
to move sentiment to strategy and
turn dreams into reality”. He said for African states to attain
sustainable development, they must
invest in agriculture, education and

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