From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The former Director General (DG), National Orientation Agency (NOA) Dr Mike Omeri has appealed to President Bola Tinubu to review his administrative policies and work towards giving Nigerians good governance.
Dr Omeri said the president must also involve in his administration Nigerians who are goal driven and passionate about national development to achieve the desired results.
The former DG made the appeal while reacting to the current harsh economic situation in the country.
Speaking in an interaction with The Voice in Lafia on Monday, the former DG of NOA said, the desire of President Tinubu to provide good governance to the people would remain a mirage unless the president reviews his strategies.
He suggested also that, inorder to succeed, the president must work with Nigerians who are goal driven and passionate for national development.
According to him, national growth has continued to suffer set back because competent Nigerians were not given opportunities to contribute to the growth of the country.
“I know people are yearning for change, things that would make life better for them and the communities, but how can this change be felt when those who are given the opportunities have no idea? They only make promises without ideas of what to put together for the good of the society”.
“Most politicians win elections but they don’t understand the institution. Some of them have turned governance into money making ventures, that is why people say that politics is a place to harvest.
“Our political system has become weak with little capacity to check institutional lapses because politicians have succeeded in weakening the stronger institutions that would have protected and enabled the system to work for the country.
“These politicians also use the regime protection mechanism, self-perpetuation strategy and power through our commonwealth to the detriment of country’s growth, development and stability,” he said.
The former DG of NOA while appealing to leaders at all levels to re-institutionalise the nation’s values and tradition, urged them to also de-emphasise giving appointments on ethnic or religious sentiments instead of merit.
He further called on government at all levels to partners those in the academia for meaningful growth and development of the country.
“Those in the academia should be patronised and their research outcomes should be put in use to build confidence and display competence for the progress the nation,” he added.