By Lizzy Okoji and Taiye Edeni
Mr Andreas Lammel, Member of the Federal German Parliament has called on the Nigerian government to improve on its governance to tackle the menace of terrorism, underdevelopment and other issues.
Lammel made this known during a roundtable organised by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German Foundation on Tuesday in Abuja.
The roundtable organised for Civil Societies Organisation (CSOs) and the media had the theme “The Security and Political Situation in Nigeria and the role the German Government could play to assist Nigeria’s development’’.
According to Lammel, African nations are responsible for their own development as Germany cannot solve the problem of the continent but can only render its assistance.
He said that terrorism and underdevelopment cannot thrive in a nation with a vibrant and positive economy.
He added that political instability, a search for secured future and greener pasture was a leading cause of illegal migration of Africans through dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean to Europe.
“You need a better government to develop Africa.
“You need more economic development in Nigeria to bring in more income to states and individuals, building infrastructure and providing basic amenities to reduce poverty and crime.
“ To win the fight against terrorism, a better system of school and vocational training in Africa for the youths would give them a hope for a better future and think less of crimes,’’ Lammel said.
Lammel said that the German government had done a lot for Nigeria in the areas of fighting terrorism and had assisted in training the Nigerian army and police in modern ways of fighting against terrorism.
He said that the German parliament always discussed issues affecting African nations with the aim of proffering better and efficient solutions to help tackle the problems.
Lammel said that as ways of enhancing good governance, it was important for the members of parliament to have a good connection with members of their constituencies to know the problems in the grassroots.
He called on the legislators to make themselves accessible to the electorate who voted them into power and spend more time in their constituencies than in the nation’s capital.
Also speaking, Mrs Hildegard Behrendt-Kigozi, Country Representative of KAS in Nigeria said that the German government remained committed to assisting Nigeria in the best ways possible.
She said that recommendations from the roundtable would be discussed at a higher level to come up with strategies and advice to relevant authorities to improve governance in Nigeria
Earlier, participants of the roundtable raised issues and concerns that affects governance in Nigeria and ways the German government could intervene to make things better.
Some of the areas the participants called for intervention includes capacity building for the youths, vulnerable groups and civil societies, improving already existing programmes on better service delivery among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that KAS organises a regular roundtable to discuss with stakeholders in different sectors on issues affecting Nigeria with the aim of ensuring good governance