Baroness Lynda Chalker, former Foreign Minister of United Kingdom, has called for synergy between all tiers of government in Nigeria in order to meet the needs of the citizens.
Chalker has stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, saying that Federal and State governments must learn to work together in the interest of the masses.
She said: “Nigeria’s government at all levels must learn to listen to one another and work together to provide social amenities that the people want.
“The federal and state governments must learn to listen, learn and work with one another to provide what the people want.
“It is not right to say that a road is a federal road when it damages; so the government must learn to talk together and listen to one another in order to satisfy the needs of the people.”
Earlier in her lecture on “Africa in a Competitive World, Development and Business” at the Lagos State University (LASU), she said: “The capacity to offer Nigerians greater opportunities and better living conditions would depend on how successful it was at increasing competitiveness, controlling corruption and smartening up its offer to both Nigeria and foreign investors.
“Over the last five years, Africa has seen the highest rate of population growth at about 2.5 per cent annually and by 2050 a quarter of the world’s population will be on the continent.”