The administration has 8 months left in the season. One would have expected Acting President Goodluck to reinvent the team as hyped in the media, by bringing in fresh, trusted and vibrant hands to enable him finish his 8 months as a Manager on a historic note.
Each time I watch or read news on the state of the Nigerian nation I just get paranoid, other times I simply smile and shake my head. My reaction is not because of the sorry or bad news, but the extent to which these unknown conspirators insult our intelligence. I have always been of the opinion way before the Yardua health political saga, that a small group of dumb people determine how this country is run. The Yardua issue only went to prove how annoyingly un-smart these so called cabal are. These shameless individuals will do anything to sustain themselves in power (including being stupid).
Am sure most Nigerians will be disappointed with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, we all gave him the benefit of doubt and hoped that he would be the one to bring the much needed fresh air into the leadership of this country (at least for a day or two). I don’t know about you, but me; “I rundown for the man”. He just went on to confirm is liverlessnes. How soon he showed us he lacked the political will to bring much needed change to this government.
Back to the list of ministers, contrary to my expectations, the Acting Vice President went ahead to do the same two major things every God forsaken administration always do;
1. Recycling old hands that never performed with their first, second third… in some cases up to their tenth chance (someone just murmured Jerry Gana) or appointing members of their families
2. Never attaching portfolios to Ministerial Nominees until after they have been screened and accepted by our dishonorable legislators.
The idea of recycling old unsuccessful hands or appointing their family members is nothing but political. Competence is a non issue when it comes to appointing ministers in Nigeria. How then do we expect to take our country to the Eldorado we so desire, when we consciously keep putting sentiments and petty politics ahead of the development and well being of the nation. What is the justification of Josphine Anenih, Murtala Yardua and Josephine Tapgun appointments as minister, if not sheer politics?
Our leaders must begin to embrace the political will to ensure that we move forward for good. Rid their selves of this selfish attitude. Nigeria is bigger than any individual or family, and I refused to believe that the Anenihs and the Yarduas are the most competent candidates from their respective States.
Having portfolios attached to a ministerial nominee will enable the public access each of them based on the proposed office. It will enable the public determine the competence of each individual and not reserve that responsibility solely to our dishonorable legislators.
Effective performance management should be encouraged in government. Targets are never given to newly appointed ministers to effectively score each of them over a period. It’s thought provoking how a minister in all ramifications, failed in a previous ministry is reappointed and deployed to a new ministry. Using football as analogy, the team comes first, just like the country. Only the best should be hired, if we want to win, not party members or friends and families.
Barcelona is one, if not the best football team in the world. So, imagine a Messi playing defense or a Puyol playing as an attacker I wonder if there would be where they are today. Our leaders must begin to place square pegs in square hole in the appointment of ministers in Nigeria, if we must become one of the top 20 nations in the world (not in 2020 anyway). Nevertheless, let’s watch and pray like we always do. And hope the current administration proves us wrong (I sincerely hope they do).
Source by Chidozie Ofoegbu