seeks better deal for Nigerians|
COGNISANT of the
prime place of citizens' welfare in governance, the British
Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. David Wyatt has urged Nigerian
leaders to ensure the betterment of the populace.
Wyatt, on a courtesy call on the Osun State Governor,
Olagunsoye Oyinlola yesterday, noted that the expectations of
Nigerians were great. He said that both the federal and state
governments have no option than to see that programmes at
improving their lives are carried out appropriately.
He declared that the success of the last elections in the
country was an indication "that democracy has come to stay in
The British envoy lauded the success of the polls and
restated the preparedness of his home government to support
the growth of democracy in the country.
He particularly charged Oyinlola to strive hard to ensure
the better condition of lives and justify the electorates'
confidence in him.
Responding, Oyinlola said the outcome of the last polls
showed that the country was on firm democratic grounds.
"With necessary support from the developed world, Nigeria
would be ranked among the great democracies of the world", he
The governor called on the British government to support
the country in order to uplift the peoples' living standard.
Oyinlola said: "Democracy without accompanying economic
growth will mean nothing to the people, so the British
government should help in improving the living standard of
He said his government would concentrate on educational,
health, provision of water and agricultural programmes to the
benefit of the state residents.