Delta State Deputy Governor, Amos Utuama, has observed that Nigeria has some lessons to learn from the Republic of South Africa.
Utuama stated this at the weekend in Asaba at a dinner organised by the South African Consulate to mark the country’s 20 years of freedom.
According to the Deputy Governor, Nigeria should learn how South Africa evolved a g nationhood out of a diverse, divisive and apartheid oriented people to a united, patriotic rainbow nation.
He also spoke of the imperative of learning how South Africa has been able to become self sufficient in electric power generation.
“We are gathered here this night to celebrate 20 years of freedom in South Africa. And I think it is very important to tell ourselves that Nigeria has, at least, two great lessons to learn from South Africa.
“First and foremost is in terms of nationhood. The South Africa of today evolved from a highly diverse, divisive and apartheid society.
“Yet, what we now have, just 20 years down the road is a united, patriotic and forward looking rainbow nation. The basis for the possibility of building a g nationhood by South Africa is to be located in forgiveness.
“The lack of forgiveness among the different people of Nigeria is our bane. My earnest hope is that we would use this National Conference that has just taken place to start the process of forgiveness and erecting the pillars of nationhood.
“The second is in power generation. We all heard what His Excellency, Ambassador Mokgethi Sam Monaisa said.
“We can do same here. Good a thing the Federal Government through the Independent Power Project (IPP) has started the process.
“Here in Delta, the administration of His Excellency Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan is also working hard to ensure that Deltan enjoy uninterruptible power supply. We will get there,” Utuama said.
Earlier in his keynote address, Monaisa said the choice of Asaba for the event was informed by the fact that it would be the fourth city in the whole world that has the Mandela Garden of 95 Trees.
He named the others as Johannesburg, Washington DC and London.
Source : Daily Independent