“Centenary should reflect on good governance”

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Abuja – A development consultant, Dr Clinton Omezi, on Saturday said Nigerians should use the nation’s centenary celebration to reflect on issues critical to development such as transparency and accountability.

Omezi made the disclosure in Abuja at the launch of a book titled “Celebrating Nigeria’s Centenary from 1914 to 2014, written by Mr Emeka Obienyi.

He said “in celebrating Nigeria at 100 years, we should consider the journey so far in terms of good governance.“

“Governance is basically the set of policies, roles, responsibilities and processes that a country establishes to guide and control how its resources and technologies are used to accomplish national goals and objectives.

“Good governance, however, accomplishes this in a manner essentially free of abuse and corruption and with regard for the rule of law.”

According to him, good governance is characterised by participation, making sure that all the citizens are involved in the process of governance to ensure effective satisfaction.

He said good governance is characterised by rule of law, transparency, responsiveness, consensus orientation, equity, inclusiveness, effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.

Omezi said where there was good governance, corruption would be minimised, while the views of the minorities would be considered.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to develop the spirit of love, sharing, caring and accommodating the divergent cultures, tribes of other citizens.

Earlier, Obienyi said that celebrating Nigeria’s 100 years of existence would be incomplete without appreciating the efforts of past and present administrations in keeping Nigeria united.

“Nigeria, as a nation is doing well in spite of the security situation in the country. We can see that the government is intensifying efforts to ensure constant power supply,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to see the country as a nation and with great promise.

The 175-page book chronicled the history of Nigeria from 1914 to date, highlighting its successes and challenges. (NAN)

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