BOOKS WITHOUT BORDERS
GOVERNANCE: AN INSIDER’S REFLECTIONS ON THE NIGERIAN POLITY
A Book That Challenges Common Definitions of Governance
Author Femi Adelegan brings a lifetime of experiences in Nigeria’s government to topic
ABUJA, Nigeria – Femi Adelegan’s nonfiction book “Governance: An Insider’s Reflections on the Nigerian Polity highlights his belief that governments and their major actors – public officers – are in office to carry out the wishes of the greater majority of the populace.
“In practical terms, governance is a sort of sacrosanct social contract between the government and the governed. There are obligations to be fulfilled by both parties. Not many people know that governance is a very complex process, which quite naturally tasks the ingenuity of leaders. It is about seeking solutions to problems and harnessing the human and material resources of a defined territory for the purpose of development. – Author
An excerpt from “Governance: An Insider’s Reflections on the Nigerian Polity”:
One of the lessons derivable from the author’s effort however, is that the world needs to care more about democracy, raise fundamental questions about it, re-assess performances from time to time and strive to leave a worthy legacy. The book is being published at a time the polity is characterized by serious challenges of development, the misery of manyas the polity continues to be fettered by the diminishing patriotism, declining productivity, selfishness and greed. The corrosive forces of primitive patronage, compulsive compromise and complex corruption, especially in the developing world are being compounded by the gross deficit in internal party democracy to pose serious challenges to the consolidation of democracy and good governance. – Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Nigeria’s former Minister of Education & Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany.
“You have no doubt acquired a rich blend of knowledge and maturity, having served in various positions. Your book on Governance will help in demystifying governance and the occupants of political offices” — Senator Liyel Imoke; Former Governor, Cross River State, Nigeria
Adelegan’s conclusions are rooted in theories and concepts about governance. The book provides an informative insight into governance, and enables the reader to draw knowledge from an academic point of view and provides guidelines for a practitioner. It is well illustrated with authenticated examples of issues pertaining to governance, particularly in Third World countries that are currently plagued by political instability and underdevelopment. The book suggests the necessary changes that should be firmly embedded into the process of governance. It offers professional advice on procedures of seeking solutions to problems, and harnessing human and material resources for the purpose of development. This is a 5-star book. A book that compels readers to finish reading before putting it down – Dr. Yemi Farounbi OON – Expert in Communication & Information Matters & Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the Republic of Philippines & the Kingdom of Cambodia
AFRICA: THE GAME CHANGERS & DYNAMICS OF POWER by Femi Adelegan
A Book on Africa’s Development Challenges and Limitless Potentials as the Next Frontier for the Global Economy
ABUJA – NIGERIA – Author Femi Adelegan’s nonfiction book X-Rays Development Challenges of Africa; Its Opulence & Pervasive Poverty & Its Potentials as the Next Frontier for the Global Economy.
‘’One of my findings is that Africa holds great potentials as the next frontier to the global economy. Africa really has no reason to be poor, had there been conscientious efforts, dedication, and commitment to build the continent The negative effects of the seeming reluctance of some Western nations to free Africa completely from their grips through continued subtle manipulation of the political and economic development of Africa, even after granting these countries independence are highlighted — Author
The very important and decisive factors of good governance and the evolution of a viable political culture in Africa are treated perceptively in this publication. The author highlights important requirements as the need to re-awaken political leaders on the importance of good governance to societal development, encourage efforts towards the re-evaluation and proper utilization of the economic fortunes of Africa and the Black race, and also stimulate actions towards the reduction of the digital divide that impacts the black race through the proper implementation of the globalization agenda. It is to be noted, however, as I have pointed out in one of my papers, that the perpetrators of vices such as poor governance, corruption, impunity, and lack of transparency would not easily give up the privileges accruing to their practices. It also draws the attention of African leaders, elites and the general citizenry, to the need to be more involved in the process of participatory democracy and governance in order to record greater development. – Prof. Ibrahim A. Gambari – Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs & Special Adviser on Africa & Nigeria’s former Minister of External Affairs.
An excerpt from: AFRICA: The Game Changers & Dynamics of Power
Africa seems to have boxed itself into an uncomfortable state by acts of commission andommission on the part of the continent’s leaders. Poor management of the continent’s vasthuman and material resources over the years has been identified as one of its greatestbanes….Pervasive corruption, sometimes aided by the developed nations, is another obstacle to the realization of the key objectives of African nations. Terrorism and conflictshave become pronounced and have assumed dangerous dimensions. Underdevelopmenthas also been promoted largely by incoherent implementation of policies, and institutionalreforms, for the enforcement of rules and regulations introduced for the economic andpolitical transformation of Third World countries. But all hope is not lost. Of notableimportance is the increasing political awareness of Africansthat are becoming very muchinterested in accountability, transparency and good governance. Indeed, Africans are nowdetermined, more than ever before, to take their fate in their own hands, in order toadvance socioeconomic and political development, which is the most potent way of developing the continent.– Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2003-2011) & Co-Chairman, World Ex-President’s Council
‘’Reports indicate that Africa, at its current pace of growth will overtake the Middle-East as the second fastest growing market within the next decade. Indeed, Africa’s growth provides great opportunities for the world to contribute to its development. I commend this book to the global community for reading, for a better understanding of Africa’s problems, potentials and endowments. ‘’Those who share the aspirations of African nations, and in particular, everyone who cherishes our joint commitment to building a peaceful, prosperous and more progressive polity, would find this book very revealing, refreshing and rewarding.’’ – Emeritus Prof. Michael Abiola Omolewa, President of the 32nd General Conference of UNESCO
TECHNIQUES ON INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN GOVERNMENT … ABUJA, Nigeria – Author Femi Adelegan’s book emphasizes the importance of strategic communication as an essential ingredient of good governance
“Information management is one of the hardest of tasks. In all societies and corporate organizations, information is required at all levels to be able to promote understanding, foster relationships, and attain targets and objectives. Information management and processing entail a great deal of activity than people generally imagine. Every so often, it is an activity that is taken for granted; a reaction that should not be so. The citizen’s rights to know how they are governed in a democracy and the right of shareholders in an organization to demand accountability and transparency have combined to put those engaged in Governance on their toes. This compilation treats information management and the generic concepts of management, including planning, organizing, structuring, processing, controlling, evaluation, and reporting of information activities. – Author
AN EXCERPT FROM FOREWORD: Every society needs information for continued existence and survival. No society could thrive without information. For any government to succeed in accordance with established governance principles, it must have in place a coordinated information management system with which information would be processed for consumption. At all times, the communicative feedback mechanism must be oiled to ensure complete information flow. Techniques of Information Management in Governance” by Femi Adelegan, a highly experienced and talented professional, treats systematically, patterns and techniques of managing information, that is sine-qua-non for human survival. The compilation highlights the relevance of information to inclusive pace and pattern of growth, that are considered interlinked, and therefore, need to be addressed together, as critical factors for achieving a high, sustainable growth required in societies and organizations. The author has matched his postulations with appropriate suggestions of policies and actions that could enable organizations function well in information management. His theoretical and practical postulations also enable readers understand better, the importance of a well managed and coordinated information flow to the success of those engaged in governance, in both the public and private sectors. — Senator David A.B. Mark, GCON, President of the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria (2007-2015) Former State governor & former Federal Minister of Communications.
An excerpt from ENDORSEMENT of the book:
Techniques of Information Management in Governance” could not have come at a better time than now, when the whole world is paying particular attention to problems associated with development through the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) If the SDGs must succeed, communicators have a great role to play in assisting growth and development at all levels of governmental activity. Attaining the objectives of managing information for overall development, even at the global level has over the years tasked the ingenuity, foresight, and skills of professional image managers and communicators, including Advertisers, Brand Managers, Public Relations practitioners, Reputation Managers, Journalists, media practitioners and those engaged in the information technology sector. Part of the responsibilities of the communicators and information managers is to mobilize the human race for ”sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development” by year 2030, as contained in the UN SDGs’’ – Dr. Yemi Farounbi, OON, Information & Communication expert & Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the Republic of Philippines and the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Femi Adelegan, an author of notable publications on Good Governance has brought his knowledge of governance to bear as a professional who served as a technocrat and information manager in five different governments at vantage positions as a key participant in the intricate art of governance. The author’s long walk in the corridors of power has surely enabled him to write authoritatively on political leadership and performance in democratic settings. Therefore, I recommend this very rich literature as resource material for students, teachers, information managers, media practitioners and those placed in strategic positions as managers of human resources for fresh and revealing ideas on techniques of information management in governance, political and corporate governance procedures, and general administration of human and material resources.
Prof. Dayo Alao, President/Vice Chancellor
Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria
USEFUL GUIDES FOR FOREIGN TRAVELS, BORDER POSTS & IMMIGRATION MATTERS
A Book that guides intending visa applicants & foreign travellers on successful foreign travels
Abuja –NIGERIA: Author Femi Adelegan’s nonfiction book enlightens international travellers on immigration matters.
WARNING! by Author: This book harbours no definite assurance that readers, and all those who may consult this publication will secure travel documents at diplomatic posts, or pass through border posts without completing the due process. Largely, educate intending travellers for business and pleasure and opens intending travellers to brighter chances of scaling the hurdles of securing travel documents, on account of proper understanding of immigration and border post regulations and conducts. Therefore, this publication does not encourage sharp practices of any form for the purposes stated therein. Visa and passport applicants, and all users of border posts are advised to be as honest as possible in their documentation. It is also important to know that the streets of advanced nations are not paved with gold or silver; and these nations also have their peculiar developmenta; challenges; and therefore, would not wish that dislocations occur to their developmental plans.
EXCERPT FROM FOREWORD: One notable feature in this book is Femi Adelegan’s strong plea to Nigerians to stop illegal migration abroad due to the harshness of the economy; but stay at home to join hands to build a truly great Nigeria. This, he says, could be realized by enforcing good governance through legitimate and democratic options. The author equally encourages Nigerians to abandon sycophancy and other ills that have plagued the nation, and resolve to make the people the key components of governance who could take the political class to task. They could do this by empowering themselves democratically to choose/elect their representatives freely and democratically. The author states that: ‘’Nigerians must show that they are the masters of people in Government and demand for good governance as of right. ‘’People must discontinue the practice of taking several pages of advertisements in newspapers and airtime on electronic media to thank government functionaries who commission projects in their areas; for what politicians promised to do while campaigning for votes; and for duties they are paid to do. ’’This publication could not have come at a better time than now, when the whole world is united about the need for good governance, and combating terror; issues that have compelled nations to continue to tighten their immigration policies, and at a period when the federal government of Nigeria is introducing a new border control and immigration system to ease operations at the nation’s border posts, coupled with the introduction of a multi bio-metric system that is capable of generating a database of travelers and users of the ports. This book is ‘’A Must Read’’ for all who wish to be guided on how to have smooth passages at border posts in Nigeria and abroad, attaining the objective of doing business with ease in Nigeria, and for Nigerians to conduct themselves in an orderly manner while on visits abroad.
Ambassador Joe C. Keshi, OON ;Retired Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria
NIGERIA’S LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL – Revolutionaries in Worldwide Christianity –ISBN 978-978-53496-1-0
A Book on How Nigeria Is Indelibly Challenging World Christianity
Abuja –NIGERIA: Author Femi Adelegan’s nonfiction book highlights Nigeria’s indelible contributions to global evangelism
Excerpt from Book Review: Author Femi Adelegan’s nonfiction book:“NIGERIA’S LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL: Revolutionaries In Worldwide Christianity unearths the mysterious persistence of God’s calling, the often stubborn resistance of the called, the eventual surrender, and the justification of the calling of notable Nigerian priests of God. Many of these characters did not enter into their canonical office without a few faltering steps; but again, like the Biblical Peter, some of them had cause to doubt the purpose of their calling and felt miserably sorry at some point in their terrestrial journeys. But then, the One who prayed for Peter to be restored is an eternal advocate whose gift and calling are without repentance. It is very sobering to imagine the great patience of our Lord who stood at the door of the hearts of many of today’s great preachers knocking for so long, expecting a positive answer. Like the story of Peter the fisherman, in the Book of Luke chapter 5 verses 1-11, many of today’s leading lights of the gospel met Jesus in their state of frustration” The similarity between those miraculous acts recorded in the Bible, and the ones documented in NIGERIA’S LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL goes a long way to confirm that indeed, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.’’– Reviewer, Bamidele Salam.
EXCERPT One significant achievement of this book is the ability of Femi Adelegan to highlight Nigeris’s indelible impact on global Christianity and our unique African imprint on Christian spirituality and evangelistic outreach. Christianity in Nigeria has not only produced shining lights, but the Church in Nigeria has both blessed, enriched, as well as challenged World Christianity in the areas of self propagation, self government, creative adaptability, and fidelity to the faith once delivered to the Saints. Like the heroes of faith who made the Honour Roll in Hebrews Chapter Eleven, and like the African Fathers of the Early Church after the Apostolic Age, like Tertulian, Clement, Origen, Cyprian, Athanasius and Augustine, our Nigeria’s Shining Lights, both militant and triumphant have now been exposed to the gaze of the Church – local, national and universal. – Retired Archbishop Lawrence Ayo Ladigbolu; Methodist Church, Nigeria
FOREWORD: This book is a witness of God’s love and grace of God to men who are prepared to walk with Him to advance His Kingdom here on earth. I applaud and commend the author of the book, Femi Adelegan, for his deep biblical insights of how many of these ministers of the gospel became God’s favourite vessels in propagating the gospel and enthroning righteousness in the nation. – Gen. (Dr) Yakubu Gowon, GCFR; Nigeria’s Head of State (1966-1975) & Chairman, NIGERIA PRAYS MOVEMENT
An excerpt from the Author:
‘’This work is a comprehensive compilation on Nigerian ministers of the Gospel, who are spreading the Gospel according to Jesus Christ; contributing tremendously to the global move to free people from the clutches of the devil, The 43 ecumenical personalities in this compilation have contributed tremendously to the spread of Christianity and have been mightily used by God to liberate the oppressed and those in bondage even beyond the shores of Nigeria. As readers peruse, they will most probably be filled with feelings of empathy that would undoubtedly strengthen them to tap into grace and flow in His divine wisdom while enjoying the mercy of God. Afterall, it is perfectly permissible in the Scriptures for us to covet spiritual things. All who lust for divine service must be prepared to enjoy all the God-given privileges by walking with God by serving Him faithfully’’ — FEMI ADELEGAN
THE PART TO PLAY – An autobiography of S.T. Adelegan; Deputy-Speaker, Western Nigeria House of Assembly
Author Shadrach Adelegan brings a service-driven life to focus
ABUJA, Nigeria – Shadrach Adelegan’s nonfiction book: ‘The Part to Play’’ tells the story of a life of a humanist characterized by patriotism, dedication, and fortitude.
EXCERPT FROM FOREWORD: “Adelegan’s handling of the proceedings of the defunct post-emergency Western Region House of Assembly as Speaker Protempore, was commended by the political party in power and the opposition who saw Adelegan as an impartial arbiter. This publication will surely be useful to students of History and politics. — Archdeacon Emmanuel Oladipo Alayande OFR, LLD, JP.
An excerpt from the book: 1962 LEGISLATIVE DISTURBANCES ON THE FLOOR OF THE WESTERN REGION HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY: Chairs began to fly in different directions. One located Chief Awolowo but was quickly intercepted by Chief Alfred Rewane. There was free-for-all fight, a situation which attracted tear gas from the security men. As soon as the tear gas was thrown, the whole place became deserted as the honourable men fled. The Speaker – Adeleke Adedoyin, myself, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Jonathan Odebiyi managed to find our ways to the Speaker’s Office. There, Chief Awolowo telephoned the Prime Minister, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa to inform him of the rascality displayed by the people on the floor of the House. Mutually, we should agree to keep decency in the House.’’
COMMENDATIONS: Hansard – Official Bulletin of the Western Region House of Assembly – 6th April, 1965
The Hon. Chief S.L. Akintola (Premier): ‘’Perhaps I may express the sentiments of both Sides of the House. We pay you, Sir, the commendation that is due to you for the efficient manner in which you have been able to carry on and discharge the duties of the Speaker of this honourable House. (Cheers). It is unfortunate that ill-health prevented the Hon. Speaker of this House from attending this important Budget Meeting but, in spite of the short notice, you came to our rescue as an experienced Deputy Speaker who has been able to assimilate and acquire a great deal of practical knowledge. For this, we are very much indebted to you for the successful completion of this Budget Meeting and I think that your performance on this occasion augurs well for the future because you have discharged your duties remarkably well, so efficiently and so charmingly, that the Members of the Opposition will always like to see you on the Chair.
The Hon. Alhaji D.S Adegbenro: (Leader of Opposition): Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, I like to associate myself with the views and sentiments expressed by the hon. Premier. When the appointment of Mr. Speaker was proposed, I was consulted, and I argued that you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, ought to have been promoted to the post of the substantive Speaker. I was informed that there were some difficulties in the rank and file of the NNDP and I had to agree that you still hold your post as Deputy Speaker and in spite of the fact that you happen to be the Deputy Speaker, you have discharged your duties impartially and you deserve our commendation as well. My Deputy Speaker, Sir, we congratulate you for being an efficient and impartial Speaker’’.
RELATIONSHIPS — Chief Dennis Osadebey: ‘’He was such a humourous and thorough gentleman. I remember in one of our Parliamentary meetings, he moved to cut the vote of the then Minister of Works by one shilling. “I went to his house one day, he entertained me with half bottle of Heineken beer” he joked. Everybody burst to laughter. He was never known to be boisterous in the House. He spoke gently and his manner was gentle and truly honourable.’’ — Author
Chief Remi Fani-Kayode: He was another NCNC member of the Western House, representing Ife-Ila South Constituency. He was a very tough politician, who was very sound and intelligent. I remember he usually called me a ‘Socialist’ because of the way I dressed, spoke, and my simplicity. But I never responded because as Deputy-Speaker, I needed to exhibit some maturity and calmness. Besides, my background as an Andrian’ told much about my disposition and simplicity’’. – Author
Chief Abraham Adesanya: Represented Ijebu North 1 Constituency. A strong member of Action Group and unfailing supporter of Awolowo did not hold any post throughout, but his contribution in the House was great. He was a bold speaker, always frank and serious looking. By the time the Action Group became the opposition party, he always stood to confront Chief S. L. Akintola, on the floor of the House. On these occasions, he appeared very serious, ever taking sides with Awolowo, whom he stood firmly behind all the time. – Author
Adegoke Adelabu: Adegoke Adelabu was like an idol, the strongman of Ibadan politics. Who dared look up to his face! He did not hide his indignation and contempt for those who were not Ibadan indigenes. On one occasion, I had cause to mention the name of Awolowo, as a great Yoruba leader. He quickly stopped me by calling me ‘Ohanran’ –a bushman He asked if I was a Yoruba and I told him I was and that he ought to know. He told me; those of us who were not Ibadan or Oyo are not Yoruba. — Author
AT THE ST ANDREWS TEACHERS TRAINING COLLEGE, OYO: My bravery and frankness endeared me to our Principal, George Button. On one occasion in the night, we were supposed to be sleeping. All lights must be off. But we were flagrant. We were busy writing letters and suddenly, we heard the footsteps of the Principal. We quickly put off the lights but I did not put off mine. He ordered us all out but nobody was ready to volounteer the truth. I opened up and told him ‘I was not sleeping because I had some letters to write”. And this was exactly what I was doing when we heard your footstep sir. The Principal punished us all. But he developed love and adoration for me simply because he knew I would always say the truth.’’
EARLY YEARS IN IPETU-IJESHA: My mother was “a woman of endless industry.” We woke early at the first cockcrow – between 3.30 and 4.00 a.m, took with us prepared food wrapped in leaves – corn cake or cooked beans of all kinds and pap. If we were bound for Igbara Odo 15 miles away we reached our destination before taking our meal. If our destination was Ogotun – 9 miles away, we might purchase all we needed before taking our breakfast. We usually bought clay pots from Igbara-Odo and mats from Ogotun – all for resale on market days in Ipetu-Ijesa. Also, after school, I sometimes fetched firewood, which could fetch me from four to six pence.