Diana Okon-Effiong, Calabar
A former GOC 1 Div. Kaduna, has floated a group which he believes“ will strengthen, sustain democratic institutions and actualise changes in the leadership across board in Cross River’’.
Maj-Gen Moses Obi (OON), retired,unveiled the New Agenda Group in an interactive session with some journalists Monday in Calabar.
The retired army top brass, who served variously in Liberia, Sudan, the UN and Southern Sudan respectively, said the non-governmental, non-partisan organisation would promote good governance in the state.
According to him the group is also concerned about good security management as the hallmark of good governance and peaceful co-existence in all spheres of live in Cross River and Nigeria at large.
He said the group also intended to partner with the media as major factors for democratic growth to attain its objectives.
“It is this demand for good governance that has midwifed the New Agenda towards good governance as well as consolidation and consolidation of our democratic principles.
“Since the return of democracy, Cross River has been blessed with vibrant and visionary leadership that has increased a steady performance of a peasant agrarian economy driven by predominantly civil service workforce.
“Today Cross River is a leading destination for tourism in Nigeria and the world over with an expansion of the private sector as investors take advantage of unique assets in the state,’’ Obi said.
He said that the group believes that more jobs should be created, health facilities improved and education made more accessible for our children.
Obi said that his NGO also believed in the enhancement of Public Private Partnerships to boost infrastructure development and donor partner participation among others
“Our vision is to consolidate on the gains of today for a better tomorrow; to ensure unity with a target to facilitate the creation of a conducive, peaceful and unified atmosphere for Cross River.
“This will be achieved by sensitisation towards a peaceful democratic process as we approach a new political dispensation,’’ he said.
He also said: “The New Agenda Group believes that as Nigeria’s democracy continues to grow, Cross Riverians must continue to build democratic structures by ensuring that those with clear vision of the state should continue to serve us at all levels.
“The issue of contesting elections only to have a bite of the national cake should no longer be our motivation for seeking political office. Let us shun opportunism and face reality. Our voice must be one without sentiment.
The group has Mr Mark Enamhe, Mr Vincent Egede, Mr Godwin Akpama and Mr Maurice Ekong as Legal Adviser, Executive Secretary, Director, Strategy and Director, Information, respectively.