The National Association of Seadogs, also known as Pyrates’ Confraternity, has asked the executive and legislative arms of government to put their acts together to revive the economy and save the general populace from starvation.
In a press statement made available to journalists in Calabar, Cross River State, the worldwide President of the association, Prince Ifeanyi Onochie, expressed his association’s disappointment that while the national economy is on the brink of total collapse, the two arms of government responsible for articulating and fashioning the fiscal policies and charting the direction that would guide the economy out of the doldrums are busy fiddling with inanities.
According to Onochie, “one must be afflicted by a total numbing of all the sensory organs not to appreciate the frightfully bleak future staring Nigerians in the face. Starvation is a daily reality as basic foods have vanished from many households, as the naira continues to bow meekly against international currencies and price of goods and services soar beyond the reach of the common man.”
The organisation described the response of government to the current situation in the country as smacking of insensitivity to the plight of overwhelmed Nigerians who have had to endure the hibernation of the economy since INEC’s preparations for the general election commenced in June 2015.
Onochie, in the statement, stated: “The socioeconomic and security situation we find ourselves in as a nation today calls for sober reflection and strategic thinking and it’s no time to play politics.”
While insisting that Nigerians deserve and demand good governance, the organisation warned that the longer the 2016 federal budget stays without being passed into law and its implementation commenced, the more our economic miseries deepen.
They urged the executive and legislative arms of government to quickly close ranks, discuss and resolve all issues and discrepancies in the budget.