Some residents of Benin in Edo State have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to improve power supply in the county.
The residents, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Benin, said the Federal Government should check insecurity and poverty in the country.
They argued that since the President finally listened to the calls and yearnings of Nigerians especially, pro-democracy groups to recognise June 12, as Democracy Day, he should also listen to cries of a lack of constant power supply across the nation.
Camilus Ikponwonsa, a businessman, said that the epileptic power supply had impoverished many Nigerians, whose businesses relied on electricity to earn a living.
He said, “The President needs to tackle the issue of irregular supply of electricity in the country.
“I believe if Nigeria can have constant 12 hours of uninterrupted power, it will reduce the level of unemployment and increase productivity as well as the people’s living standard.’’
A teacher, Mrs Itohan Izu, said the issue of insecurity in the country had become worrisome, requiring urgent Federal Government’s attention.
She noted that the socio-economic sector of any nation would thrive when the environment is devoid of crises and insecurity.
Izu explained that if the country is secured, Foreign Direct Investments would increase with investment opportunities brightened for local companies.
Esther Okeke, a trader, advised Buhari to be mindful and watchful of those he would appoint to his cabinet to avoid derailing his good intentions and policies.
She said with the support of Nigerians, the country could be better placed, saying that June 12 signifies freedom and foundation of democracy.
Wasiu Danladi, a trader, commended President Buhari for his recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria.
NAN reports that June 12 has now replaced May 29, as Democracy Day in Nigeria, after President
Buhari signed into law the Public Holidays Act Amendment Bill.