Policy Stability :the over riding ingredient for visible development .
A study of all countries that moved from third world to first world shows
they all had one thing in common . They maintained the same economic
policy for a period of about 20 to 30 years.
If Jonathan completes his tenure in 2019, I'm rooting for a Namadi Sambo
and Okonjo Iweala ticket. After which Dr. Iweala will become President
with Dr. Adesina as her Vice President.
Now I'm sure some people are nearly having a heart attack. Calm down. Let
me try and explain. Politics can stifle development in developing
countries due to instability caused by frequent power change and flip flop
of policies . It's ironical that un democratic Libya had the highest Human
Development Index in Africa and one of the best in the world.
Most of the people fighting to take over from Jonathan just want to get
their hands into the public till and or establish their names as President
and enjoy the swag of the office.
The projection that Nigeria is set to be amongst the first ten economies
in 2050 can only be achieved if they keep doing what they are doing,
getting better and consolidating. A set of new politicians in power will
first condemn all what the former people have done and then start their
own development program which definitely takes time to manifest.
The lack of cooperation between Obasanjo and Atiku was what led Obasanjo
into attempting a third term. Some of those who pushed for the third term
were key members of Obasanjos economic team. The mistake Obasanjo made was
not having a succession plan by handing over to one of them.
For example, some politicians in Nigeria finally convinced President
Yardua, to severe the umbilical cord binding him to Obasanjo. President
Yardua was never a key member of Obasanjos economic team. A leader should
be able to have a succession plan and groom his successor which wasn't the
case here as Yardua was picked as an after thought when the third term
failed . So what was the first result? The power sector road map was
suspended by the Yardua administration and nothing was done until 2010
when President Jonathan
The PDP has to work harder in order to consolidate and achieve this dream
despite the threat by the opposition.
The opposition should also continue in their bid to take power so they can
keep the ruling party on it's toes . However , they should realize that
the country comes first. Politics should end after each election while
nation building should commence immediately.
A situation where a party loses election and immediately goes into the
trenches to undermine the government in power, is a tactics that stifles
On the other hand, governance should be a continuum and politicians should
try not to tie development programs or projects to themselves.
For example, whosoever wins in Rivers State as governors has to continue
the model secondary schools project and also create a sustainability
strategy for the medical health centres and all schools in the state.
Citizen leadership should also be re-emphasized with stiff penalties and
fines to those who treat public facility with disdain. In Singapore a
little crime like not flushing the public toilet can earn you a fine of up
to a hundred thousand, while littering the road in some US cities can earn
you a 170,000 fine. The truth is that whosoever has no regard for public
facilities will not blink to loot public funds.
If you have to be President first before contributing to your country's
growth and development then you are not fit to be President in the first
( Ken Agala)
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