Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) has asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to set Nigeria on the path of peace and sustainable growth, by adopting an economic framework that will wean the country off its over-reliance on fossil fuel, promote sustainable energy sources, safeguard human rights, and improve public services, along with total overhaul of the nation’s security architecture.
In a statement Comrade Akinbode Oluwafemi, Executive Director, CAPPA noted that the transition of power on May 29 was not merely the advent of a new administration, but a defining moment in Nigeria’s battered history.
The statement read in part: “It is a call to action for the Tinubu administration to not only strive to rebuild the crumbling walls of national unity, but also commit to tackling and prioritising urgent national issues such as security, education, and public health, among other key interests.
‘‘Our country’s economy grapples with formidable challenges as we stand at critical crossroads. It’s a moment that demands bold and visionary leadership to inject new vitality into our economy and nationhood.
CAPPA further drew attention to Tinubu’s campaign manifesto which promised to work to revive the country’s ailing economy through job creation, initiatives promoting food security, and a holistic sector rejuvenation.
“In particular, the President pledged to work in concert with global green energy trends and promote environmental justice by diversifying Nigeria beyond oil and moving the country out of the uninspiring ranking among the world’s top ten flaring nations.
“Indeed, we agree with this vision and believe that our natural resource wealth and strategic position on the global stage grant us ample leverage to spearhead global discourse on green energy, climate change and environmental sustainability. We thus urge President Tinubu to prioritise green energy policies that will decentralise Nigeria’s reliance on fossil fuels and demonstrate to the world at large that economic prosperity and environmental stewardship can coexist,” the statement noted.
CAPPA said it would hold Tinubu to his manifesto to implement an effective pro-health consumption tax that would be dedicated to funding public health and reducing consumption of products like sugar, alcohol and tobacco which are linked to rising cases of non-communicable diseases.
Source: Sun News Online