By: Ademola Orunbon
It is an acceptable norm, that a democratically elected government must meet the need of the people that voted them into power. They enjoy the ultimate sovereignty, from the liberty perspective. Since governance derives it backing and supporting from the constitution and the people. It is mandatory for the same government, to listen, carry along and feed the people back, about its activities. The strength of a good government lies in its victory which comes from the ballot system and this has a numerical strength, where the highest numbers of vote form a simple majority.
The contrary view of democracy equally says when a government voted into power refuses to perform or meet the yearning or aspiration of the people that democratically voted for them, same electorates or the people being govern have the right to reject such government by voting them out of power in subsequent elections. This means that when a government becomes destructive and retrogressive, the same people that empowered them with their votes can abolish or terminate such government.
Having said little about what constitutional government is all about. I now need to come to back to the main issue, Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; he has within a short period of time in office, being able to correct the negative view of the people of the state towards governance. Yes, democracy is about being responsive to the people that voted you into power. Our amiable governor has within three years of his assumption of office proved critics wrong by being responsive and progressive in the discharge of his duties to the people of the state.
I remembered on assumption of office, his address to the people of the state, in the presence of traditional rulers. He openly promised and vowed to give the people the state a sense of belonging by adopting open policy in his style of governance, Ambode has proved to be the governor of the people in action and otherwise with the level of infrastructural facilities being put in place across the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas across the state.
When Ambode assumed office as the Lagos state Governor, not a few people thought that he started from slow lane, but, as soon as he got his groove, the narrative changed, as he now runs on the fast lane. Though, he started out with a human approach to governance by encouraging the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency and the Vehicle Inspection Agency to stop being aggressive in dealing with Lagos motorists. He even pulled the VIOs off the roads, and changed the name of the Kick Against Indiscipline agency to the more benign Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps.
But the present governor came into power with his reform agenda, managerial potential and regeneration ability to make the state excel in all ramification and recover the lost fortunes of the state. Today, the common man is not only happy in the State of Excellence. But the development which was once eluded some local government councils and the people some years ago has totally returned. Today the entire three senatorial districts in the state are witnessing massive reconstruction, expansion of roads with street lights and rebuilding process or the other. Roads, schools, health institutions are being structured for a lasting use. He quickly embarked on several ambitious physical projects – like roads, bridges, bus stops, lay-bys, flyovers, skywalks or pedestrian bridges – to strategically break up traffic gridlock all over the state. Besides their functionality, each of them is a sight to hold.
Yes, Ambode has done very well to reposition the economy of the state. He has further demonstrated the good servant role of a government to the people. The governor has taken the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to an enviable and sustainable position, thus deriving some funds to collectively embark on infrastructural development. Today, the peoples’ welfare and security is better off. A government is worth protecting and supporting for continuity if it has met the yearning and aspiration of the people. “A golden fish has no hidden place”, so said the common fact. The people have seen this in the government of the day. His novel “Adopt A street Light” initiative allows a community, corporate organization, or individual to power street lights in their communities. In turn, the Lagos State Government shall reciprocate with reduction of Land Use Charge as well as presentation of Letter of Commendation. The fervour of the projects is however wavering, and it urgently needs a new fillip.
No nation or state survives without a major attention to its educational sector. Here in State of Excellence, he has given the primary, post primary and the state tertiary institutions a very good attention, by increasing their fund and stabilizing the academic calendar. Students now, learn in a better and more conducive environment, their Teachers always smile to the banks because no delay of their payment, leave bonus and some allowances.
He also demonstrated a great aptitude for collaborating with other state. The governments of Lagos and Kebbi states have entered into a partnership to produce LAKE Rice that Lagos citizens have begun to look up to at their dinners table at every festive periods. Though, the rice may not be as cheap as expected, it is cheaper than the imported brand. It is however, commendable that the state has entered into a partnership agreement with major rice distributors for the transport, distribution and marketing of LAKE Rice.
I engaged an old friend who served in the government of the last regime, in a constructive argument. It centred on infrastructure development of the state, which is unprecedented; he asked me where the government of the day being sourcing money from? I was quick to answer by referring him to the present Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state, which I earlier dwell on and currently stands at about 25 to 30 billion naira, generated monthly compared to the previously declared 20 billion naira attained in the year 2015.
The people of the State now see what the government is spending the money on. Ambode has further proved the essence and importance of taxation to rural and urban development, through the provision of essential services like good road, water, health facilities and the rest to the people. If the State of Excellence would have attained a revolutionary circle, in the area of accelerated transformation and infrastructural development.
In life, you don’t lose a winning team; rather you encourage them to do more. Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has so far done well. We can only encourage him to do better, through mobilization and support for continuity beyond 2019.
Orunbon, a public affairs analyst, writes in from Oke-Posun, Epe, Lagos State.
Can be reached via:orunbonibrahimademola@
Leah Sharibu: The Prisoner of Conscience
Her story has been like the story of Daniel in the den of terror. In the face of captivity her captors kept her just because she refused to call another faith. She is the mercurial of her own conscience. One of the first in the history that never denies her religion and She is Leah; but powerful than her co-mate in the scripture.
Leah Sharibu is our daughter. One of the girls that have brought our country to her kneels. Not just a martyr of faith but a girl whose spirit has driven us all to her struggle since she was abducted in Dapchi. And that abduction was historic.
It is seemingly a thought of a cohesive expression to the government. I see her than the way Nigerians see her. She is the girl that has made us to understand that religion is fate and faith is faith— in time of obstacle. Someone who doesn’t compromise her principle rather beseech in the spirit of prayer. That voice of Leah begins to come to us than it echoes to her captors. Meanwhile, she is supposed to be in school.
While some of her colleagues are intensely studying for the school certificate exam but she is here dying to be rescued. And Prof. Wole Soyinka has compared her to the late apartheid fighter, Nelson Mandela. In Soyinka’s poem titled: ‘’ Mandela’s Earth’’ the poem has a conjectural meaning that Mandela reverted to those who jailed him. ‘’ NO! He said’’
These particular words came out to Leah Sharibu as well. When she said— No! And perhaps in Wole Soyinka’s poem: ‘’ I am the rock, this Island. I toiled’’ this is what our own Leah stands for. However, the poem says: ‘’ in and out of time wrap, I am that rock/ in the black hole of the sky’’ truly, Sharibu has become the rock of human.
She has made us to understand that her release is important to us. That her struggle is to end bigotry and fanaticism in our country and perhaps to let everybody has the right to believe in faith. To have been in captivity for this time is terribly bad for a sixteen years old girl in her own country.
Recently, she celebrated her sixteen years birthday. In the den of terror, just because she is not ready to deny her own faith— meanwhile, if Jesus were to be alive he would have seen that Leah Sharibu loves him than her own life. And this means a lot for sacrifice. To a girl who has hope for her beloved country.
Probably, had it been her mother knew that such would happen, she would have been like the character in Toni Morrison’s novel: ‘’ Beloved’’ where the mother kills her own daughter because she doesn’t want her to face racism. Is this not a religion manhunt? — For Leah’s mother to cry helplessly for her beloved daughter to be released.
And I believed that the day she was abducted in her school with her other abductors, she would have recited the national anthem and pledge. That she was serving Nigeria with all her strength and now; is Nigeria serving her back? Or has the government forgotten that Leah is a citizen?
This means her life matters to every single Nigeria. And it is the duty of President Buhari to let her come back to her parent. Still, her life is not enmeshed, with wrong faith rather she has been the quintessential girl that knows how to identify her own right. Her life means a lot to all of us. Not that she is just a mere girl child, she is our daughter.
Therefore, it is the ability of the government to provide for her needs in captivity. To rescue her is even the major concern of all Nigerians. What is the point to the military if she can’t be rescued? Is it that our military are scared to fight the insurgency? All I know is that if Leah Sharibu is not being rescued that means her parent will lose hope in Buhari’s Administration.
However, she is the prisoner of conscience. She is the prisoner that has not failed to know her God. She has indeed believed in her faith like one of the character in James Joyce’s short story, Dubliners. And, still her colleagues were released but she was held back because she refused to deny her faith. This is a simple meaning of a cultured girl. And she strongly believes in the article of faith.
Leah is an affable girl that knows that her right is to be freed from the thraldom of dooms. In a society of ours, because what she has done do not deserve this kind of maltreatment she is receiving. If truly, we have a government that understands the people— the Leah Sharibu of our time won’t spend these hours and days in captivity.
To make the system function, let us all know that, what happens to Leah Sharibu, could affect anybody. And prior to her abduction, we knew the Chibok girls’ story. Yet, the government has not found measure to liaise with the insurgent. And what I expect the government should have done is to take the military serious than ever. And the military needs to deploy tactics and strategy because this is like a fratricide.
For every life, it matters to us that, we should never forget to know that Leah Sharibu is still a piquant subject that can never be forgotten. Thus, her abduction is cumbersome. Perhaps, I expect the government to know that Nigerians want Leah Sharibu alive.
Her parent has cried for too long; to the extent that, they talked like the English poet, Andrew Marvel, in his poem: To His Coy Mistress, which says: ‘’Had we but world enough and time/ this coyness, lady, were no crime.’’ With truism, she has no crime. But, if Buhari forgets to do the needful, Leah Sharibu’s spirit won’t make Nigeria rest just because she is innocent.
Let us know that a sixteen years old girl has decided to hold on to her faith; and this makes her to be the prisoner of conscience. Even with a conscience heart, we pray for release.
EXPERTS UNDERSCORES IMPORTANCE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Information Technology (IT) has been identified as a vital element to achieve maximum productivity, efficient and effective service delivery, with faster communication in Public Financial Management (PFM).
The Head, Management Information Unit, of the Office of Accountant General/State Treasury in Ogun State, Mr. Abdulfattah Odusanya stated this while presenting a paper at a 2-day Training on Public Financial Management held at Itori in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the State.
The programme was organized by the Ogun State Government (OGSG) through its Project Support Unit, Ministry of Budget and Planning, in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President (OSSAP) on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), for Financial Managers in selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as those in Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Odusanya, while speaking on a paper titled “Information Technology: An Enhancement to Public Financial Management” said IT is a network of networks that has brought unprecedented change and redefined methods of communication, work, study, education, interaction, health, entertainment and commerce across the globe.
“Investment in IT system and infrastructure has become a key element in productivity and effective Public Financial Management. Increased investment in IT-Capital has accelerated growth and development”, he said.
Speaking further on PFM enhancement through IT in Ogun State, Odusanya suggested integration of the State payroll with, Pension system for seamless transfer of retiring employee information, Biometric Time and Attendance Management software, seamless Online payment solution for salaries, pensions and vendors payments, all electronic revenue collection platforms for on-line real time monitoring and comprehensive reporting in the Treasury departments among others.
In her closing remark, the Director of Planning in the Ministry and the State Focal Person, Mrs. Yetunde Olatubosun urged participants to ensure that the knowledge gained from the training reflected in their professional conducts.
In their separate responses, the Head of Account Unit, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Mr. Adewale Adesanya and the Treasurer, Ifo LGA, Mrs. Hassan Enitan, described the training as impactful, assuring that knowledge acquired would enhance their performances as financial managers in the State and also enable them operate in line with best global practices.
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