OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerians to get to work for a new Nigeria to emerge.

The speaker said government can only create opportunities for change in the country but that citizens must stop being docile and work to achieve greatness desired by all.

Dogara said these in a New Year message signed by his special adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan.

The speaker beginning from 2016 citizens will begin to see opportunities for change saying the budget when passed into law and “faithfully executed will not only lift the common man from abject poverty, it will also usher in the much needed opportunities for innovation and investment that are the engines of economic growth and prosperity.”

The Speaker who expressed hope that happy times will be here again,  however, maintained that, “the people must go to work to make it happen as government alone cannot solve all our problems”.

According to him, “democracy and Governments do not build nations but it’s rather citizens of democracy who must take up the tools of democracy and embrace the opportunities created by their government that build the nation of their dream.”

The Speaker urged all Nigerians to abhor the culture of passivity and apathy which only produces docile citizenry saying that,  “if our people expects that CHANGE means to be docile and allow government alone to bring progress and build our nation, they expect what never was and never shall be.”

Dogara advised that  it’s time Nigerians take responsibility for their own lives and work towards making Nigeria great again in order to avoid over dependence on government, saying that, “a democratic government should always depend on its citizens as the reverse will only  amount to slavery”.

He said: “On our part, the National Assembly must also go to work as the central institution of democracy  through which the will of the people is expressed.  As parliamentarians we can no longer afford to remain observers or mere onlookers but actors.

“Our work is more urgent than before because the change we seek must not be anchored on the quick sands of expediency but on the enduring solid rock of legislative frameworks that deal with corruption, eliminates gender based violence, strengthens democratic institutions, reinforces human rights and good governance.

“We must also not fail the nation in ensuring effective scrutiny of the National government to ensure implementation of all legislative frameworks.

“As 2016 dawns with hopes anew, filled with promises of a brighter tomorrow; with courage, faith and great effort we shall achieve all we desire. I wish all Nigerians a happy and prosperous New Year and pray that our nation attains greater heights in the New Year.”

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