Politics: 2023: APBN tasks parties on issue-based campaign Daily Parrot

The Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) has urged political parties in to engage in issue-based campaigns.

The body said this became necessary as the parties are preparing to kick-off campaigns in few days’ time.

Speaking on behalf of the body, its president, Akin Oyegbola, a surveyor, who touched on several issues facing the country, urged political parties to avoid politics of bitterness and hate speeches

According to him, such politicking could further heat up the polity and throw the nation into chaos.

The association’s President also urged the government not to abandon governance for politics, as such would hurt the development of the nation.

Oyegbola said: “The year 2022 precedes the 2023 election year and political activities are back with us. We have high hopes that campaigns –which are about to begin will be devoid of hate speeches and languages that may heat up the polity.

“As a professional body, many of our member organisations may be involved in some political activities, we hope that we can also advocate for issues based campaign.

“We also express concern that the government will not abandon governance for politics’.

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Referencing several collapsed building cases in the country, Oyegbola said the government, its agencies and the private sector should engage the services of expert in the real estate industry for building construction projects.

Oyegbola, who lamented the challenge of brain drain among Nigerian professionals, urged the government to tackle the trend by unveiling economic stimulants for young professionals.

“The last one year has seen an unprecedented number of young professional Nigerians migrate abroad to seek greener pastures.

“This is clearly connected to the socio-economic situation in Nigeria and their inability to envision a desirable future in Nigeria.

“This is an alarming situation for our country as we do not have enough professionals and cannot continue to lose the few that we have. It is often said that no country develops without a veritable local human resources.

“We therefore urge governments at all levels to come up with policies that will encourage Young Nigerian Professionals to stay and help develop the country.”

“Also, the Board urges the Federal Government to sustain its fight against bandits, kidnappers and criminal elements within the polity.

” The issue of insecurity has remained a major concern to us. You would recall that one of the issues that came up at the Board’s last meeting, and which formed part of the issues communicated then, was insecurity.

“It also formed a major thrust of the Board’s last deliberations; because of the seeming intractability of this issue.

“The nation’s economy is being stunted, and may not attract the much-needed investments as long as there are these palpable feelings of insecurity in the land.

“The Board urges the Federal government to sustain its onslaught against bandits, kidnappers and criminal elements across the country.”

Oyegbola called on the government to address the economic trend, which he said was not encouraging.

He also urged the government to resolve the seven-month old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying doing so will protect the future of the country’s youths.

“We wish to continue to state that the current industrial impasse which has led to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and social unrest by National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is very unfortunate.

“In order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted, we urge the Federal Government to implement agreements it entered with ASUU,” he added.

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