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ISSUES & CHALLENGES OF GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA: By: Prof. Akin Mabogunje, CON – PART 1

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 “It is gratifying to note that the National Conference of 2014 (NC, 2014: 202) had itself recommended what it called a Modified Presidential System at the Federal level which combines the best practices in both the Parliamentary and the Presidential system of government; although it says very little about local governments; other than to return them to the states. It, however, still proceeded to recommend the creation of 18 new States on the “awuff” basis.’’ – Prof Akin Mabogunje, CON  TERRIFIC HEADLINES notes that the significance of the paper being published are three-fold to wit: It is authoured and presented by one of the most erudite and respected scholars ever produced by Nigeria, Prof Akin Mabogunje; it was presented to mark the endowment of a Professorial Chair in Governance by one of the most forthright, progressive, and respected monarchs in Yorubaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Adetona, Ogbagba II, the Awujale of Ijebuland; and  on the occasion of the Endowment Fund for the Oba Sikiru Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance; and lastly; the treatise itself, as a very relevant material these days when the search for Good Governance, a prerequisite for development, appears elusive. TERRIFIC HEADLINES asserts that it is a fact that one of the issues that would move the polity forward is the ability of those engaged in Governance to read widely, to be able to gain knowledge to take well-versed decisions. Preparation is important to success. For example, knowing that some members of the State Executive Council might not properly digest Council Memos before attending weekly EXCO Sessions, a former governor of one of the Southwest States designed a unique method that kept members of his team on their toes. In the midst of EXCO Sessions, he usually pointed at any EXCO member and asked him/her to contribute to the issue being debated. Inability make observations by any EXCO member attracted the comment: ‘’They address you as honourable; but I am sure you are not honourable!) That was possible because the State governor himself, highly cerebral,  had painstakingly gone through the compilation from the Cabinet Secretariat – Leadership be example. It is on this basis that we introduce the lecture that is of utmost relevance to our present dilemma as a nation, as compiled by a great scholar and mentor to so many reputable scholars, Prof Akin Mabogunje, CON.  The lecture, delivered in 2016 is titled: ISSUES…

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