Bassey Inyang in Calabar
A former Senator from Cross River South senatorial district in the National Assembly, Bassey Otu, wants Nigerians to support the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari to foster attitudinal orientation among Nigerians.
Otu made the appeal yesterday evening when he hosted a group of artisans-fashion designers, hairdressers and eatery and hospitality industry operators-in Calabar.
Otu stated that the current downturn in Nigeria’s economy required collective will and resolve driven by attitudinal change and change in lifestyles.
He said the ‘Change Begins With Me’ campaign is innovative and should have since been introduced by previous administrations in Nigeria for the citizenry to imbibe.
The former senator said his self-empowerment policy in his constituency had been deliberate to ensure the creation of avenues for self-sufficiency.
“Ours is a pro-active effort to be ready for the rainy day which is here, “Otu who was in the senate from 2011 to 2015 said.
The former National Assembly member urged the group to handle the equipment and appliances given to them with care to continue to fend for themselves during hard times.
He said the current economic recession which Nigeria has found itself would be surmounted with the collective will and commitment of every Nigerians.
A welder, Ogbodim Esa, who responded on behalf of the group, said their visit was to express their appreciation to Otu for assisting them to acquire skills which they now apply to earn a living and also employ others.
Esa said individuals like Otu should be entrusted with the political mandate to serve the electorate in the future.
He stated that the group members were happy to be proprietors of small and medium scale businesses in their respective wards through Otu’s benevolence.