Don faults Buhari’s 56th independence anniversary speech

President Muhammadu Buhari

A senior lecturer with the department of Public Administration, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, Mr. Tobias Chukwukerue Amara has faulted   President Buhari’s 56th Independence Anniversary  Speech.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Amara described the speech as laden with emotions and sentiments without touching on the 21st century issues on administration and governance such as v e-governance, sustainable development , sustainable human development , new public administration , and new public management, among others.

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 According to him,” these philosophies provide the framework for administration re-engineering in modern societies. The re-engineering is inevitable if there must be change. Unfortunately Mr President’s speech writer has demonstrated crass ignorance of emerging issues in public administration and governance. We will not, however, take it that the president has been embarrassed because nobody can give what he does not have”.

 He further explained that e-governance is about using ICT or other Internet facilities to deliver information and services to citizens, business, government and constituency, adding that it  increases transparency, speed, citizens’ participation and reduces corruption and bureaucracy ie bottle neck.

“Sustainable development entails using renewable sources in development planning and implementation such that development enjoyed today will not jeopardize the chances of future generations from enjoying same. It addresses the critical issues of hunger, inequality, illiteracy and good governance – transparency, democracy, accountability.

“New public administration entails combining public sector ideology with private sector methodology in public policy formulation and implementation. It has similar advantages as e-government and sustainable development,” he stated.

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 Amara said that  one would have expected the president’s speech to consider the mood of the nation and citizens and say something new so that hope may be rekindled, but it was not so.” The programs that were outlined are likely to be victims of same old reasons why programs failed because there does not appear to be any plan to do things differently. The human capital at the president’s disposal are the same old folks that ran the system aground. The only solution is new knowledge that will give rise to new ways of governance.

“Mr.President I think it is a misnomer to try to run administration without administrators. The Public administration and management development institute (PAMDI) and other professional administration and management bodies like ICAN, NIM, can help. What Nigerians need is not sentimental speeches or rigmarole in any ramification but immediate actions that will address the issues of income, hunger, illiteracy and health.

 “Let us not pretend that we do not know that the subsisting N18,000 minimum wage was implemented  when exchange rate was about N180 to a dollar. Then it could get  3 bags of rice. Now  with  N485 exchange rate, the value of the minimum wage is about N6,000 and a bag of rise is close to N24,000. Even at that the salaries are not paid. Let there be solution,” he explained.

...By Okechukwu Keshi



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