Nigeria has been advised to spend more on the surety of its landmass and peoples. Not only that, the nation’s rulers are also counseled to be very prudent in spending the country’s hard earned money on what would benefit the citizens instead of defrauding the nation through frivolous contract deals.
The call was made by members of the panel of discussants at the just concluded maiden Lagos Economic Dialogue 2017 organised by Tech TV in commemoration of Lagos@50.
The panelists questioned the rationale behind federal and state governments’ security spending that doesn’t transmit life to Nigerians.
Those on the hot seat were the Sun Newspaper crime reporter, Christopher Orji, Amos Emmanuel, chairman Programos Group and Chief Wale Kalejaiye. They were drilled by another ace crime reporter Sunday Odita.
An example of wrongful spending according to the experts was that done by one of the past Lagos administrations worth over $300m on 1, 000 surveillance cameras for Lagos metropolis and nothing reflects the huge amount expended on the project.
In addition, the call for more budgeting for the police was echoed during the hour long dialogue.
Orji wondered why the police would not be fairly treated with regards to the hazardous nature of their jobs. He recapped a scenario that occurred a few days before the roundtable, how he overhead a couple of policemen on the way to an operation, praying they all return safely.
Lucky Imueko, Don Pedro and HR.
Present at the brain storming session at the Sheba Event Center, Maryland, Lagos on Friday, 19 May, 2017 were Nollywood actor and member of the Lagos House of Assembly, Honourable Desmond Elliot, Chairman of the occasion, Sir. Demola Aladekomo, Founder, Smart City Resort PLC, DG, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Amos Emmanuel, chairman Programos Group, Chief Wale Kalejaiye and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari.
Others are SP Oriyomi Titilayo Oluwasanmi, SP Oyinpreyebofa Frances Giese-Adamu, the Publisher of Bobnews/Sistersister.com, Emmanuel Omene-Johnson and Nollywood actor Tony Akposere, African China and movie fast rising thespian Lucky Imueko among others.
The Chief host was the CEO/President of Tech TV and current Chairman, Lagos Chapter of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Don Pedro Aganbi.