Nigeria’s Political system is faulty, deficient, needs Restructuring – Akeredolu
*** as Southwest Herald honours eminent personalities
By Our Reporter
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state on Sunday faulted the political structure which has been providing Nigerian leaders over the years.
According to Akeredolu, the country is presently having structural political deficiency that must be corrected to have economy and political breakthrough, hence the need for restructuring the system.
Akeredolu stated this at the Southwest Heralds Magazine Awards Presentation and Public Lecture held at International Culture and Event Center, The Dome, Alagbaka Akure.
The public lecture titled ; Appraising The Politics And Economics Of Development In Nigeria In The Face Of Multiple Challenges, The Roles Of Transformational Leadership/ Followership was delivered by the guest speaker, Prof. Oladinjo Adeofun, Deputy Vice Chancellor ( Development ), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
At the event, four eminent personalities in Ondo state were recognized and honoured with awards.
They are Mrs Olubunmi Ademosun, Special Adviser to Governor on Intergovernmental Relations, Dr. Olubayo Motunrayo of UNIMED, Mr Bunmi Alade Permanent Secretary, Budget and Economic Planning and Hon Olumbe Akinkugbe, Chairman SITA.
Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy Lucky Aiyedatiwa said the 1963 Constitution which reflected the Republican status of the country, remained the best document for a Country as heterogeneous as Nigeria.
He said “Let each and every component parts of Nigeria develops at their own pace. It is not as if we don’t have leaders that can emerge, but the process is tough and because of our political structure. Our heroes in the past like Obafemi Awolowo and Nnandi Azikwe ,they did a lot in terms of performance because of the political structure they operated at their times; the regional system.
.The 1963 constitution where powers were given to the regions and they could express themselves. They can decide to do whatever they thought was good for their regions without any hindrance from the central.
But the political structure has changed. Now for you to do anything, you will have to go and take permission from the federal government. Then they will look at you that are you part of them or not. That will determine what you get or if you will get it.
So our political system has to be structured, hence the need for constitutional review.”
Akeredolu also advocated creative wealth, saying, what presently practised in the country was monolithic wealth.
He “Depending on monolithic wealth resources ( Crude oil ) and not creative wealth resources portends danger for the country.”
The Deputy Governor thanked the organizer of the award for identified some of the best in the State as he also congratulated the Awardees for their achievements.
In a lecture, the guest speaker, Prof. Adeofun posited that, leadership is an uncommon traits of which not everyone can lead, saying “what the country needs now is great thinking leaders” .
He said “The only problem we have as a country is leadership challenge. There is no quality leadership. Most of our leaders tend to seek power first before planning to know how to use the power and that’s the power.
Followership is not the problem. Our people are very easy to satisfy. A common man needs food ,shelter ,clothes. Basic things are not here. People are not secured and they are hungry. Even the people that want to farm are afraid.
If leaders are doing things right ,the followers will follow. There is a structural deficiency in the country that must be corrected, otherwise nothing will move. We need to restructure our current sociopolitical structure.
The part of our problems because we produce bad leadership and such leaders can not be visionary.
We must realise that not every one can lead. As a leader ,you must produce result and solve problems and tackle challenges. A blind man can not be leading a blind man.
The challenges in the country are so enormous and great leaders must have a great minds
The Southwest has to watch it. The moment we rely on the cows ,pepper and Onion from other parts of the country, we are not yet there.”
In a remarks, the publisher of the magazine, Oluwatayo Adu declared that, “it is noteworthy that, we have selected, Hon ( Mrs ) Olubunmi Ademosun, Special Adviser to Governor on Intergovernmental Relations, Dr. Olubayo Motunrayo of UNIMED, Mr Bunmi Alade Permanent Secretary, Budget and Economic Planning and Hon Olumbe Akinkugbe, Chairman SITA who have been hugely impacting, adding value and advancing the course of humanity” for this year awards.
Speaking on behalf of the Awardees, Mrs Olubunmi Ademosun appreciated the management of Southwest Heralds Magazine for the recognition given them for the awards.
Dignitaries at the event included the Chairman of the event, Chief Abiodun Adefulure, Ondo State Head of Service, Pastor John Adeyemo, Hon Gbenga Omole, Hon Sunday Olajide, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye, Hon Tayo Oluwatuyi, Hon Florence Fagbemi, Hon Yetunde Adeyanju, Ondo State Accountant General, Mrs Bolade Ajayi and others.
Traditional Rulers and Chiefs at the event are, Amapetu of Mahin Kingdom, Oba Oluwasegun Akinyomi, Orunja of Odigbo, Oba Akinrinmade Olugboyega, Olowa of Igbara-Oke, Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede, Ojomo of Akure, Chief Ayo Oluyide, Chief Bode Alade, Prince Ademola Adegoroye and others.