Duke made the decision on the fifth anniversary of Political Forum G50, with the theme: “Blueprint For Sustainable Economic Development” held on Saturday in Lagos.
According to Duke, Nigerian banking trade is a significant impediment to sustainable financial improvement due to about 25 per cent curiosity being charged on loans to clients.
“If you wish to develop an financial system, you’ll have to be certain that credit score is out there and inexpensive.
“In Nigeria, credit score is neither obtainable nor inexpensive for the common Nigerian to start out up enterprise due to the excessive rate of interest.
“Banks ought to be compelled to cut back their rates of interest to the barest minimal to encourage entrepreneurship in a rustic the place the inhabitants is rising at 3.5 p.c whereas the financial system is rising underneath 2 per cent.
“As long as our population is growing faster than the economy is growing, we will remain in perpetual recession,” he stated.
According to the previous Cross River governor, Nigeria’s fortune can change for the higher if the nation manages income gotten from its pure assets successfully.
“We spend about N1.5 trillion on subsidies, greater than we spend on schooling, well being and infrastructure.
“We subsidise gas for automobiles to drive on roads that don’t exist.
“Gas, which we have in abundance and flare, we sell to domestic users at international price,” Duke stated.
He urged Nigerians to at all times search for a peaceable change in governance by means of the poll packing containers.
Duke additionally urged authorities to offer conducive atmosphere for residents to undertake legit technique of livelihoods.
“If we don’t create an atmosphere for folks to reside truthfully, then they’d begin to reside in a dishonest method.
“If we continue the way we are, in another 30 years, we will be the third most populated country in the world and probably be the most dangerous country,” he stated.
Duke stated that Nigeria’s drawback of management was self-inflicted “as a result of we’re not decided to select one of the best amongst us to manage our affairs.
“We allow all sorts of extraneous reasons to determine our leadership.”
He stated that Nigeria wanted leaders with excessive morals to manipulate its giant inhabitants which international locations like China and India have been utilizing to their benefit.
Earlier, Ferdinand Azi, President of Political Forum G50, stated that Nigeria’s drawback was not simply poor management and dangerous governance, however failure of the plenty in telling the leaders how they need to be ruled.
Azi stated that the discussion board was a platform to debate crucial nationwide problems with management and good governance in Nigeria and presumably proffer options on the best way ahead.
“With emerging trends of leadership and awareness, we can change the order; but this will take the willingness of all Nigerians including the leaders and lawmakers,” he stated.
Azi stated that the areas of concern that wanted a change embody: defective structure, judiciary reforms, immunity clause and Electoral Act.
“There is a serious leadership degradation over the years. Despite, the population and resources, we could not sustain the trends in sustainable economic development,” Azi stated. (NAN)