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“Meant Well, Tried Little, Failed Much”

01.12.2004 I borrowed the title of this article from that of a lecture delivered in New York by Anne Krueger (First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund). She in turn borrowed it from one of the works of celebrated Scottish novelist, essayist and poet, Robert Louis Stevenson. The words easily evoke dreadful solitude […]

Reforming the Nigeria Police

02.10.2004 The Nigeria Police has been in the news lately. Of course, for the wrong reasons. In a recent editorial by THISDAY newspapers, the Commissioner of Police for Zamfara State revealed that a number of police recruits under his command “couldn’t write their names, say how many months make a year, or even recall the […]

Re: Reforms As Blinkers

10.09.2004 It is the measure of our hope and faith in our nation that invites rigorous discourses and commentaries on major issues and policies of national growth and development. Dr. Ike Anya’s piece, “Reforms As Blinkers”was a good read. Managing reforms is almost universally acclaimed to be a messy process perhaps because it bites harder […]

Democracy and Local Government Reforms

01.09.2004 Reforms. The language of reforms is now the policy lingo of the second term of the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo: economic reforms, electoral reforms, public sector reforms, judicial reforms, pension reforms, budget reforms, political reforms, constitutional reforms, banking reforms, power sector reforms, police reforms, local government reforms, etc.. Despite the submission of the Report […]

Changing Perception to Make NEEDS Work

27.08.2003 “Success depends on perception and our job is to create the right perception to ensure success.” [Professor Klaus Schwab, President, World Economic Forum] We are in an era of reforms. Dysfunctional states are becoming more functional, failed states are coming alive and closed systems are opening up. Across the world, more countries are practicing […]