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PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE: WHAT CAN WE, THE PEOPLE, DO? — By Professor Akin L. Mabogunje, NNOM; CON

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 ”Democracy is about people ruling themselves, ordering, organizing and managing their own affairs in freedom.  Or, in the celebrated words of Abraham Lincoln, democracy is government of the people, by the people, for the people” -Tonny Gitonga (1987) ”If people themselves are not committed to ensuring that those they elect to govern them are made accountable to them, then those Councilors and Chairmen of Local Governments are likely to pay more attention to feathering their own nests than providing services and improving infrastructural facilities of the area they are meant to govern.  In other words, if we prefer to be “good subjects” rather than “active citizens”, we will continue to suffer the deprivations and development-deficit that go with poor governance” — Akin Mabogunje This lecture was delivered 8 years ago on Friday, July 8, 2011, by one of Africa’s most reputable and illustrious scholars, Prof. Akin Mabogunje, Chancellor, Bells University of Technology & Chairman, Ibadan School for Governance & Public Policy to mark the Fourth Splash F.M. Anniversary and Chief Adebayo Akande’s 72nd Birthday.  8 years after its delivery, the paper is still as relevant as it was 8 years ago, given the fact that there are several cogent issues raised that could assist us in charting a new course for development. I have gone through this piece by a distinguished patriot who has a genuine passion for the development of Nigeria at least five times; and it hammers on the salient point that development is possible only through GOOD GOVERNANCE,  which is the ingredient. It is a MUST READ for all, particularly decision makers in Government.  It could be adopted as a Working Paper by governments across the country and their three arms – Legislature, Executive & Judiciary. Do not be scared by the length. Think about the lessons you would internalize by reading through. WHAT IS DEMOCRATISATION & GOOD GOVERNANCE: Democratization, I suggest, is the process of fostering and enhancing democracy or democratic culture among a people or in a nation.  At a very simplistic level, it can be understood as entailing no more than holding periodic elections to choose or determine the leaders and representatives of a people.  It could even be extended to include holding such elections in the context of a multi-party system of government.  However, a more serious examination of the concept of democratization emphasizes that it is truly a way of life, a culture…

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