By Angela Atabo
The Public Administration and Management Development Institute (PAMDI) has called on Nigerians to vote candidates with the ability to solve the nation’s problems and reject financial inducement during the next general elections.
The call was made on Friday in Abuja at the institute’s two-day national conference with the theme: “Accountability and Good Governance as Potent Insturments for Wealth Creation and Economic Transformation in Nigeria.”
Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, Former Governor of Enugu State, represented by Prof. Ofili Ugwudioha, Dean of Faculty, Management Sciences, Nile University, Nigeria, said the conference was apt to proffer solutions ahead of the 2023 elections .
Nwodo said that Nigeria is in dire need of good leadership because it is the major factor leading to insecurity ,unemployment among others.
“These are our problems and I believe the earlier we start thinking of the future, the better for this country.
” Politics is always the major problem we have, the political class, always do whatever they want with the people that voted them into power and get away with it.
“Now 2023 is coming. Where do we go from here? We have capable candidate most of the people that came for presidency there is none of them I can say cannot lead.
“However , for us the electorate we should look at the unique qualities , what does this man have that this one doesn’t have? What can this one offer that this one cannot offer?
“We have to look at the scale of preference amongst these people and not just who gives you money ,we should look at who have the best economic and other policies for the country.
“If we vote wrongly, we will get the wrong persons to rule us and once you get the wrong person to rule you, then you will see things even worse than this,” he said
He said the workable solutions for policymakers is to learn the act of collaborative policies working with the private sector to make the economy work.
He said that once there is a collaborative effort between the private sector that drives the economy and the government, then there would be an improvement.
Dr Elijah Ogboukiri, Director-General, PAMDI, said that the institute holds its national conference annually to proffer solutions to national issues as part its contributions to nation building.
Ogboukiri said the focus of the conference was to re-engineer the minds of Nigerians and call them to the consciousness of the challenges of the action and the way forward.
“The institute felt that it should speak on the issues of accountability and good governance because not having them is the bane of the challenges in Nigeria,” he added.
He said that at the end of the conference would drat a communique that would serve as policy document to be sent to the National Assembly and published by the media for further action .
Dr Ayo Ade, a Zonal Coordinator of the institute, said that the aim of the conference was to build value orientation in citizens and create the desired change in the country .
” You notice that most youths are trying to escape from the country searching for greener pasture. Is that the solution? I do not think so. The country is blessed that is a known fact worldwide, what we lack is leadership .
“So let us look out for somebody that we can actually trust ,that over time has been tested and trusted in a little capacity to lead,” he added.
Ayo called on Nigerians to have attitudinal change and uphold the culture of integrity so as to move the nation forward. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede