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Envoy seeks better deal for Nigerians
From Seun Adeoye, Osogbo

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 Nigeria".

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 declared.

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 Nigerians."

He said his government would concentrate on educational, health, provision of water and agricultural programmes to the benefit of the state residents.

 

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