The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has attributed Nigeria’s developmental challenges to its accident of history, saying at independence the British bequeathed the leadership of the country to leaders who had no pan-Nigeria vision.

Dakuku Peterside
Dr. Dakuku Peterside

“What the British ceded in 1960 was a complex outcome of negotiated settlements among Nigerian elite representing first and foremost their respective regional and ethnic interests.

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There was no “pan Nigerian interest” or “pan Nigerian agenda”. There was no “Connected Vision”. Peterside, who spoke at this year’s University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Distinguished Persons Annual Lecture of the Faculty of Management titled “Connected Vision: Building Blocks of a New Nigeria” at the Enugu Campus of the university, pointed out that vision is the key driver of any endeavour.

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“This original haziness in what constitute the overriding national vision has constantly plagued our national development in nearly every sphere.

My key observation here and operating thesis therefore is that a nation can only endure if it is founded on an integrated and comprehensive vision (connected vision). Nigeria unfortunately missed that opportunity at inception.

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Source: New Telegraph

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