AS 2010 begins, peopleÂ have high expectations. They dream their New Year ambitions. It is an annual ritual that helps brush aside failures of the faded year. The beginning of every year affords deep reflection on the past and plan the future. Some call theseÂ New Year resolutions.
To experience positive change requires serious planning, concentration, focus and sacrifices. Many want to begin a New Year on a fresh slate. Great support is required from government policies for peopleâ€™sÂ plan to translate to reality.
It is the duty of government to ensure that right policies and programmes are formulated and implemented. The government should ensure the enabling environment for the healthy growth of the nation and its inhabitants. These are high hopes.
The government is anxious to de-regulate prices of petroleum products. It is a move that would change many calculations in 2010. The predictions are dreadful.
Last year was not particularly one that helped the realisationÂ of citizensâ€™ potentialities as most policies of this administration were bereft of deep considerations for the well being of the people. They were at most pendulous.
With national elections next year, 2010 would be occupied with the primaries of the various political parties and outstanding local government elections in some States. Amazingly, some petitions over the 2007 elections are still being hotly contested in courts.Â The mollified treatment of thugs involved in political violence keeps that line of political business promising. Impunity is on the rise.
Hostage taking in the Niger Delta region which used to dominate national discourse has abated, though the crime has assumed a more national spread. Would kidnapping be curbed in 2010?
This year holds a significant spot in the nationâ€™s political history. Nigeria would be 50 years old as an independent country by October 1.Â Does it call for celebration with the state of the country? What would improve ahead of the celebrations?
Politicians are bickering.Â It appears that is the only thing they know. Whether at the National Assembly, where they have to learn to tuck in their egos and get some work done or in the parties where discipline has broken down, the quest for power continues, sometimes dangerously.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has a momentous role to play so early too. It must be transparent in its handling of the governorship election in Anambra State. Nigerians expect INEC to conductÂ free, fair and acceptable election in Anambra on February 6.
Nigeriaâ€™s stability and the successes of its citizen this year, wouldÂ largely be determined by the outstanding matters of 2009. Possibly the most crucial of them is the health of the President.
We wish our readers a happier and more prosperous New Year.