The Office of the Citizen!
Good morning Champs,
Welcome to a brand new business week!
I was with some associates late last week and we were sharing on what we thought was the singular most important issue facing Nigeria. As you can imagine, these great minds had different views and perspectives on what they thought was the singular most important issue facing the country…… some said Power. some said Health, some mentioned Infrastructure, quite a number said Corruption,others said Security, one person even said Ethnocentrism…..at this point , I was “afraid” for any nation burdened with all these problems at the same time. I decided to refine and streamline the conversation by asking what issue affected everyone regardless of what they do or where they lived or where they were from. TOUGH LUCK! It appeared that issues cut across and affect everyone regardless of where they lived or where they were from…in other words , there is no problem in isolation. What affects one person in one area affects us all whether you are a civil servant, an entrepreneur or a job seeker. What then is the best way for us,as a people, to solve the issues facing us a nation? or wait a minute…is it even our responsibility at all??? Don’t we have a “government” in place? what more can we really do as citizens of Nigeria? Those are real questions that i have heard people asking almost everywhere I go. The political class reminds citizens of one responsibility every four years…to VOTE and in many cases that is just to give a semblance or a pseudo covering to gross electoral malpractices. hmmmmm so, whats my point? what role does a Citizen play in ensuring the country is prosperous and secure? what role does a citizen play in ensuring that the right laws are passed and our hospitals are better and our schools are real learning hubs? what roles?
I dont have all the answers but I do know that we can no longer afford NOT to pay attention to issues in Nigeria…We can not allow for our political systems and processes to be bereft of accountability any longer. its time to adopt the right values as Nigerians who love Nigeria. lets all do what we can for the educational system and health system and manufacturing and agriculture etc…… if the organized private sector is great for efficiency and great output, then we should lead the way in building strong partnerships with the public sector to move this nation forward. We have the power to turn around the economy, to rehabilitate our schools and revamp our health systems…to demand accountability…. we have the power. I sincerely believe that the time has come for everyone who contributes to the GDP of this country to actively play more roles in moving this country forward. the truth is that we can all do more. We can all discourage corruption some more, we can all celebrate hard-work and honesty some more, we can all follow due process some more, we can all give opportunities to those who deserve it and not those who can pay for it some more…we can all do more. its only when we do more that we can get more results….that we can get a better Nigeria. That is the power of the Office of the Citizen
I am really looking forward to a greater Nigeria. I am looking forward to partnering with you to build a stronger Nigeria. It is possible!!!!!!!
I celebrate the office of the Citizen…keep walking the Pathway of Champions