Nigerian president pledges free, fair election

10:59, May 16, 2010      

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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the government is committed to electoral reforms for free and fair elections.

Jonathan said this on Saturday at the 26th convocation ceremony of the University of Port Harcourt, noting that Nigerians are anxious to have free and fair elections.

The president said the connection between voting and the conditions for sustainable development are strong.

"Once we can successfully prevent a few people from determining the outcome of elections, all elected leaders would immediately come into the service of the general good of the people," he said.

"There will neither be accountability nor development when political leaders owe their privilege of power to the narrow interest of the few. I believe every major challenge that we face as a country can be confronted by the power of the vote," he added.

According to Jonathan, the government would grow the economy through massive investment in the education sector especially in the areas of training and research in a bid to create jobs for the teeming youths of the country.

To achieve this goal, the president said the authorities must plan the educational system to respond most effectively and efficiently to the development needs in the humanities, sciences, sports, technology among others.

He said the government has approved the establishment of a nuclear center in the University of Port Harcourt to advance the frontiers of knowledge through teaching and research in atomic energy, space and all the elements that could act as conveyor- belts for technological advancement.

Source: Xinhua


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