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Ex-SSG Calls For Reduction In Governance Cost


A former secretary to Anambra state government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, has disclosed that the reframing of governance principles in Nigeria as well as cutting the cost of governance will help put the country on a sound footing. In a statement yesterday, the former SSG said the process of rebuilding the country should start with reframing the mindset of those elected or appointed to serve.
He said: “This is pertinently more so, with the ongoing national orientation mantra, “change begins with me”. For starters, our leaders should adopt the doctrinal imperative; “We are merely servants, we have done no more than our duty.
“True leaders must consider the impact of their conduct and actions and account for what they have done or failed to do”. On Nigeria’s independence celebration, Obaze said, “it was certainly less boisterous and the celebration discernibly muted and benign. Even joy and celebration in Nigeria have been hit by the recession”.

He opined that the vision of the founding fathers for Nigeria to be egalitarian has not manifested because of the choice of leaders leading the nation who ultimately lead dismally.

“But that long term vision, which will come, is for now, a dream deferred. In a doctrinal sense, Nigeria’s ascendancy vision is for its own time only: eager for its own fulfilment, it does not deceive; if it comes slowly, wait, for come it will, without fail.”

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Oseloka Obaze, MD & CEO

Mr. Obaze is the former Secretary to the State Government of Anambra State, Nigeria from 2012 to 2015 - MD & CEO, Oseloka H. Obaze. Mr. Obaze also served as a former United Nations official, from 1991-2012, and as a former member of the Nigerian Diplomatic Service, from 1982-1991.

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