BY GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO—Eminent Economist and founder, Centre for Values in Leadership, Prof. Pat Utomi weekend said Nigeria was in dire need of strong institutions, such as those being built in Osun under the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, rather than strong personalities.
This was as the governor suggested that engaging the alienated youths as done in Osun would end the scourge of insecurity in the country.
Both Utomi and Aregbesola spoke in Ilesa, Osun State at the BusinessWorld newspaper award presentation to the governor as the Most Innovative Governor in First Term.
Utomi, who was a Guest Speaker at the event, observed that what the nation needed were strong institutions and not strong men, saying only a strong institution could provide good governance for the people.
Utomi, who titled his speech “Innovation in Governance: Regarding Good Government,” said until government served the interest of the common man, it was not a good government.
He pointed out that the kind of government the country needed to progress was what Governor Aregbesola was offering the people of the state, insisting that Aregbesola’s commitment and excellence in governance was not in doubt as the performance on group bore clear testimony to his focused administration.
According to him, “What Africa and indeed Nigeria need are strong institutions and not strong men. A strong institution has the capacity to provide good governance for the people.
“Lack of strong institution is what is contributing to the stagnation of the nation’s fortune both politically and economically.
“Therefore our country is in bad shape because our leaders are not told the truth they need to know about their performance in government. Government has a primary duty of creating conducive and enabling environment for the realisation of people’s dreams and aspirations.
“Government that fails in this regard has no business being in power and doesn’t deserve to be honoured to continue in power.”