Sir Frank Chukwuma Ibezim, the senator, representing Imo North in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, has cautioned Nigerian leaders against acts that could derail the country.
Speaking shortly after the Senate Public Hearing on the Bill for an Act to Establish the Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Nsu, Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State and other Matters Connected Therewith, 2023 (SB 1105), the lawmaker noted that though God did not allow the country to experience natural disasters, Nigerian leaders by their acts have allowed the country to tend towards insurrection and other crimes.
Ibezim, who was the spindle of the bill, admonished the country’s leaders to do the right thing for the people in order to avert a looming implosion of the country.
The distinguished lawmaker lamented that most Nigerians comprised youths, who are very hungry and frustrated, warning leaders to urgently advise themselves and stick to the rules of the game.
He insisted that the right things must be done irrespective of personal interests.
“It doesn’t matter whether I’m coming back or not, we must do the right thing,” the outgoing lawmaker said.
“If you do not want your place to be burnt, or for you not to be kidnapped, do the right thing.”
Dousing the fears that there may not be time for President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the bill before the May 29 exit date of his government, Ibezim assured that the president would assent to the ICT bill before the transition of the current administration to a new one.
He anchored his confidence on the fact that the proposed ICT Institute is important and critical to nation-building and also a veritable tool for economic and socio-cultural development.
Ibezim had earlier stated in his presentation at the public hearing on the bill by the Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Security, which was chaired by Senator Yakubu Oseni, that ICT had become a major source of culture in businesses and other fields.
“Information Technology helps us to understand the workings of our immediate world. Social media, which is an integral part of ICT, is a major source of modern culture and entertainment and it requires us to learn and use critical thinking skills,” the lawmaker said.
“Technology is extremely important in the workplace as a means of communication. Today’s businesses rely heavily on information technology, as it allows businesses to expand more quickly in view of access to proper means of promotion and innovation.”
Meanwhile, the report of the public hearing is on Tuesday slated for submission to the Committee of the Whole.