NewsReel 19/4/15 - Revisiting & Institutionalizing Obinomics Governance Approach: A Standard Benchmark For New Governors In Nigeria

[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] -  (Democracy & Good Governance, Onitsha Nigeria, 19th April 2015)-It is the position of the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law that the two pillars holding the democratic foundation in modern time particularly in Africa are laid on input and output legitimacies. When a governor emerges in an election through credible popular votes, his or her emergence becomes a product of input legitimacy. But if he or she emerges otherwise, his or her emergence becomes a product of mechanical legitimacy. Output legitimacy is the case when the input legitimate governor changes and upgrades the socio-economic conditions of his or her people and their environmental abode through innovative and creative governing styles.

 

To achieve output legitimacy concept of governance, governance attitude must be laid on service and permanently distanced from consumption. Output legitimacy is solidly laid on nine foundations of focus, direction, innovation or creativity, positive resources mobilization, fiscal prudence and accountability, zero indebtedness, private sector inclusion, social service provision and delivery and account of stewardship. Through focus, a government resists the risk of running distractive governance. Through direction, it has a governance destination. By innovation, it lowers the risk of running a status quo or establishment governance and brings on board innovative policies and actions. By positive resources mobilization, it de-escalates over reliance on statutory revenue earnings and harmful borrowings and creates and discovers other positive sources of revenues such as private sector, donor agencies, development partners and governance saving costs.

 

By fiscal prudence and accountability, it cuts down bloated governance costs and ensures their re-channelization into social service provisions and delivery. It also makes it possible to attract huge non debt financial and social project inflows from donor agencies and development partners and ensures re-channelization of its statutory allocations into fixing key infrastructures like roads, bridges, airports, health and education physical structures, etc. By zero indebtedness, it saves its governance enclave from debt burden and retardation of development and gagging of its future. It also puts the enclave on sound financial footings. By private sector involvement or inclusion, massive job opportunities are created because private sector, not government is the highest employer of labor in the world. It also boosts government revenues and attracts large capital inflows and direct and indirect foreign investments. It also moves its natural resources from subsistent level to mechanized level.

 

By social service provision and delivery including environmental protection, the fundamental objective of inventing government; which is service to the people and their environment is optimally achieved. It also enhances the living conditions of the people and optimally narrows the gap between the rich and the poor. By so doing, social unrest and crimes are reduced to the barest minimum and happiness and comfort are provided for the greater number of the population.



 

By account of stewardship, process of output legitimacy is fully completed. It also engenders hope and trust in public governance and provides local and international reference points and systematized benchmarks by which today’s governance is measured. The account of stewardship under reference is also expected to contain the assets and liabilities being left behind by the out-going government as well as progress or retrogress made by same.

 

The Concept of Obinomics:

 

The concept of Obinomics or innovative multi-sectored approach to public governance in Anambra State using decency, law, prudence and political civility; is substantially laid on the nine foundations explained above. Of the 36 States and the FCT, only Anambra State of Obinomics successfully ran a governance of combined input and output legitimacies under Mr. Peter Obi from 2006 to 2013. In its input legitimacy, it was voted massively in the April 2003 gubernatorial poll, but the armada of electoral fraud denied it victory and gubernatorial ascendance until 17th March 2006 when the reverse became the case via protracted judicial processes. The Obinomics’ input legitimacy also modified and upgraded the Nigeria’s electoral legal calendar and introduced staggered gubernatorial polls in seven States of Nigeria.

 

Obinomics’ output legitimacy innovatively changed the face of Anambra State multi-sectorally and removed the State from its notorious pariah status as Nigeria’s rogue State where renegades and naira loaded clowns are in charge to the point of taking over the government’s seat of power with impunity and determining the collective fate of the Anambra People in a riotous and disastrous manner. The Obinomics started with the account of what it met on the ground as well as prudence and continuity; by way of continuing and completing most, if not all the projects awarded by the two former renegade administrations before embarking on award and execution of new ones.

 

It went extra miles in mobilizing massive resources locally and internationally. It also scaled down drastically the State’s old debt stocks and further borrowings. At the end, successes recorded by the State in governance were in legion, particularly by leaving behind huge finances in the State coffers totally over N75billion as well as making the State the least indebted State in Nigeria internally and externally. This, the Obinomics did by clearing the State’s local and foreign debts from over N40billion in 2006 to N10.7billion in December 2014. The State also changed from borrower to lender with $156million invested in foreign bonds, which have now risen to about N40billion. The issue of wage debts was also tackled by 90% by ensuring that most pension and gratuity arrears were liquidated. The Obinomics ended with a heavy booklet containing verifiable account of stewardship including upgraded schools, health institutions, roads, bridges, direct foreign investments and capital inflows, etc.

 

Obinomics As A Benchmark For New Governors:

 

We are deeply worried at Intersociety over the attitudes of elected political office holders towards public governance in Nigeria particularly at the State level; which see and treat same as mercantile venture rather than service to humanity. This explains why public governance has failed brutally in most of the States in Nigeria. The public governance in the country has also been afflicted with status quo or establishment governing styles with little or no efforts at ensuring innovative or creative governance.

 

Most States in Nigeria are presently grounded to a halt and afflicted with huge debts capable of blocking any meaningful governance impact in such States. In the States under reference, true accounts of their debt stocks particularly their local debts are concealed or manipulated. As a result, the incoming governors have no option than to continue to run status quo or establishment governance on account of mountainous debts being left behind by their out-going colleagues.

 

Those who were recently declared re-elected are also expected to continue with their roguish and deceitful governance at the expense of the electorates and the general public. Lagos State, for instance, has official public State debts of N402 billion comprising local and foreign debts and unofficial debts of over N500 billion. It is the most indebted State in Nigeria. In Rivers

 
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