Ex-commissioner lauds Buhari’s New Year address

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The former Delta State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, Mr Raymos Guanah, has said the President Mohammadu Buhari’s New Year address gave hope to Nigerians.

According to him, the president’s address has information on every sector of the country’s economy.

Guanah, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Raymos Guanah Farms, gave this commendation on Tuesday in Asaba. “I want to particularly laud the plan to completely ban the importation of rice; this act will surely encourage and boost cultivation and consumption of rice in Nigeria,” he said.

He called for the imposition of very strict sanctions on rice smugglers and that there should be a jail term without option of fine for a minimum of two years.

Guanah also suggested that smuggled rice should be given to internally displaced persons and prisoners while the vehicles used in conveying the rice should be donated to security agencies.

He also said any government official found guilty of involving in rice smuggling be dismissed from service.

On the fuel crisis, he said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should not be the sole importer of petroleum products into the country.

Also, on road infrastructure, he said the Federal Government should complete the Ajaokuta/Alaja railway project, complete the East-West road and rehabilitate the Amukpe/Agbor/Uromie road.

Guanah said power generation and distribution should be improved to encourage Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

On security, he said the Federal Government had done well in trying to contain the Boko-Haram insurgents, but added that “there is still much to be done’’.

He urged the government to address the agitations by the Niger Delta militants as well as take steps to intensify entrepreneurship training for the youth to reduce the level of graduate unemployment.