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 BUILDING NIGERIA IS A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY  FULFILLING OBLIGATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT & THE GOVERNED The strength of any government lies in its ability to fulfill its mandate to the citizenry.  Most of the problems inherited and which are being tackled are the results of years of degeneration and degradation. It is easier to destroy than to build. While Governments are in place to manage societies on behalf of the general citizenry, people must realize that they must always hold their representatives in governments accountable in a responsible and civilized manner.  It is also incumbent on citizens to fulfill their obligations to the State.  Part of the social responsibility expected of the citizenry is respect for the provisions of the constitution by being socially responsible and exhibiting behaviour that would promote national development and cohesion. It happens quite often that many citizens compare Nigeria with the developed world and lament that the nation is yet to develop appreciably, without necessarily bothering about certain indices, including whether or not such people are fulfilling their obligations to the country. If social services work in the Western world, it is evidently because their people abide by regulations and the rule of law; while also supporting their nations to make facilities and infrastructure work. If the correct statistics are taken, it would be revealed that only a fraction of those who benefit from existing infrastructure and social services pay for the services provided. The society and government must collaborate to stop the dangerous trend of vandalizing public infrastructure, while attention is to be focused on long range visioning and planning that would cater for the development and expansion of infrastructure, in relation to projected demands and population figures.   Most certainly, any society that demands for good roads and other welfare services without supporting Government by way of fulfilling civic responsibilities cannot help to develop the country. In Nigeria, this situation has, in the past led to the collapse of state-owned institutions, with the nation opting for a system that encourages the private sector to be the engine for economic growth and rapid industrialization. People appear not to be aware of the fact that failure to fulfill their obligations to Government is unconstitutional. We usually say ‘’Government’s business is nobody’s business’’ and in the process lost the national airline and shipping business. While ignorance is no excuse in law, it is to be noted that…

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