As Nigeria marks this year’s Democracy Day, residents of Kaduna have appealed to the state government to improve dividends of democracy to better the welfare of the citizenry.
Some residents made the demands in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kaduna.
They said that as Nigeria clocks 23 years of democratic governance, much was still desired in some sectors like security, education, human capacity development and infrastructure among others.
Alhaji Bashir Isyaku, a resident of Tudun Wada, Kaduna, said that the Kaduna State Government should provide enough security in public places and highways, otherwise investors would not come.
“The Kaduna State Government must also improve the standard of living. People are dying, there are no jobs and markets are being destroyed on daily basis.
“The government should address these with visionary eyes or else insecurity will keep on worsening,’’ Isyaku said.
Also, Mr James Fada, a resident of Sabo said that security of lives and property was the bedrock upon which meaningful development revolves.
“Government should do more on securing the lives and property of the citizens; if not, all the infrastructures and roads being built, will be seen as nothing,
“Our youths need to be engaged in activities that would earn them good living for peace and development to thrive in the state,’’ Fada said.
Abba Muhammad, a student resident at Rigasa, regretted that this year’s democracy day came with lots of challenges ranging from insecurity, economic meltdown and the COVID-19 uncertainties.
“We don’t practice democracy in the right way as some government policies, like increment in school fees, are unbearable,’’ he said.
He added that despite the high level of freedom of speech in democracy as against the military era, the state government needs to formulate people-friendly policies.
On his part, Mr. Francis Danjuma, a civil servant and resident of Narayi, lamented that selfish politicians were making things difficult for democracy to thrive.
“The electorate reposed confidence in their representatives and when they assume power, they become another thing entirely.
“Our communities, especially at the grassroots, are yet to feel the impact of dividends of democracy.
“Many farmers and petty traders still struggle to make ends meet, not to mention other factors like insecurity and bad roads,’’ Danjuma added.
Also, Mallam Abbas Abdul, an educationist and resident at Ungwan Dosa said that the government needed to massively invest in the education to guarantee the future of the youths.
He regretted that although, democracy was people’s oriented governance, its practice was rather difficult due to the complexity and diversity of Nigerians.
Checks by NAN, however, showed that the Democracy Day was marked in Kaduna at low key as amusement parks were void of activities while people went about their normal businesses.