In terms of development figure, Nigeria and Africa are not wanting. We have lots of statistics to show we are making progress. These statistics can really be cheery at the face value. The challenge is when we go out into the cities and villages, we often find the direct opposite of what the figures and statistics want us to believe. We think it is expedient we have a true reflection and correlation between what the statistics claim and the reality.
Three days ago, the writer attended one all Men meeting. The conversation and dialogue was awesome and eye opening. It was a meeting for both highly intellectual and corporate gurus. Attending certain meetings can really change one’s perspective especially if the agenda is clearly spelt out. Talking about development in Africa and especially in Nigeria with such a huge resources and not much to show in the lives of the Nigeria, a speaker spoke extensively about certain dynamics that can bring the change we need if we are ready for the development landscape we all dream of. These dynamics with the writer’s opinion are outlined below.
People: There is no development without people. Human resources is very vital. But with people and no vision it will be a waste of time. To excel, government must have accurate data on the numbers of people living within it territory. It must also be able to delineate the capacity of its human resources.
What is the age group, who and who are available, what resources are valuable and how can such resources be distributed. People orientation, attitude, commitment is also important. The value government place on the citizen can also affect the level of people, citizens disposition to national issue. More importantly, leadership can negatively affect the followership (people) while the quality of followership can affect leadership.
People or the citizen will always get the kind of leadership and development they merit. If people remain divided, Illiterate, uninformed, docile, corrupt, development may continue to elude Nigeria and Africa. Nigeria and Africa Development landscape will change if people are ready to make the sacrifice required. People must know their responsibilities and have an expectation on what they can expect from leadership when they do their parts.
Policy: Policy serves as a guide. They are set to attain a rational outcome which is jointly agreed on.Policies are the backbone or framework that set the society rolling in the direction it wishes to go. If development must work, there must be right policies which are not done to promote selfish ego of the few. Great policy is not only written on the paper. It must be followed through.
No one should be allowed to work against the agreed status qou.
Policy is not made within the confine of a room. Stakeholders need to be carried along the process. For policy to work, we must not forget it’s process as identified by an online. This process includes policy analysis, policy advice, decision making, execution, implementation and evaluation. Great policy must be ignited from an informed point where you have a problem to solve, right data collected, changes we want to make among others. To work well, it must outline the objectives and different alternatives. Couple with this, it must be clear on Investment and budget patterns that will make it work out as planned. Unfortunately, in Nigeria policy are hurriedly made without enough contribution from everyone.Public hearings are often done secretly.
Politics: There is no Country that is not affected by its politics. Politics is activity associated with governance. Governance affects everything including economy and development of any nation. Harold Las well defines Politics as who gets what , when and how. It has to do with power, resources and how such resources are allocated. Politics is a huge thing that must not be left in the hands of thugs but technocrats who have the passion of any Country at hearts.
Unfortunately in Nigeria and Africa, Politics are played by the circle of ‘bad’ people who are selfish and care less about the generality of the people. Right allocation of resources and a commitment to this will help push development agenda beyond the ordinary. Politics as art of government involves compromise and consensus, allocation of power and resources. To play it will it requires level headed people who are not biased or driven by ethnic or religious motive. It has to be driven from common good point of view. It will require capacity, capability and competency. It is obvious from the above we miss development by a long mark because we do not pay attention to these factors. Till then we may continue to grope in the dark.
Production capacity and capability: we cannot talk of true development unless we have accurate knowledge , data about the production capacity and capability of all the resources available. In Nigeria and most part of Africa we do things in haphazard manner. Often this is deliberate to create confusion and create opportunity for the few people to take the advantage of the situation.
Will the present development landscape in Nigeria and Africa ever change? It all depends on us all.
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