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When Wind Blows: Whose Responsibility Is It To Take The Bull By The Horn?

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The way the likes of Shehu Sani, Ben Murray-Bruce etc. who’re about exiting office are coming up with very nice and lofty ideas, about how to address some of our National governance issues and challenges, is telling me that it’s those of us outside the governance space, that will proffer solutions to these challenges.

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As those inside governance won’t say, or do anything about them, even if they know and have the solution(s) to them, while they’re still in office. If not, is it at the point of exit, that the Senators suddenly come to realize that their salaries and allowances are on the highest side, for instance?

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If we are waiting on these people in office to do the needful, without those of us outside making our inputs, we may have to wait till thy Kingdom comes. push({});

Someone will be saying, how do we effect changes from the outside? The first step is, by saying NO to voice vote. The moment our law makers afford us the privilege of tracking representation, we can then know, who is representing us, and who is not, and show those not representing us the exit door.

Afterwards, we can be coming up with ideas that will move the country forward, for our representatives to pass into law. They are sitting on such laws now, because they are very comfortable with the voice vote, that is shielding them from recognition.

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When Wind Blows: Regulatory Failures All Over The Place

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Micah Ugala
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I don’t seem to get it. Almost all our regulatory bodies in Nigeria, are busy telling us what is going wrong in the sectors they are regulating, instead of tackling the wrongs.

If we are not aware of the wrongs, will the regulatory bodies be set up in the first place?

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is busy telling us, it’s the duty of the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to meter consumers, that the DISCOs are not following their estimated billing methodology. And are yet tackle the DISCOs and compel them to meter every consumer. Rather there is this back and forth, over whose duty or responsibility it is, to meter consumers.

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The EFCC is also telling us how fraudsters are also inside the banks, and are assisting politicians to launder money for them. Meanwhile, the EFCC has never been able to tell us, how much they have recovered from EACH of the person they said they have been able to obtain convictions on, over time.

The NCC is also telling us how kidnappers are using pre-registered SIM cards to perpetrate their crimes. And it’s because of their regulatory lapses, that unregistered SIM cards were activated in our GSM Network provider’s platforms, from the very beginning. Which has birthed the menace of the pre-registered SIM cards. Instead of making sure, no Pre-registered SIM card, and unidentified persons can access our Telecoms platforms, they are narrating the problem.

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The Federal Mortgage Bank and/or the Ministry of Power, Works & Housing are telling us of about 17 Million housing deficit in Nigeria. Whereas, the National Housing Fund (NHF) has Billions of naira in its kitty, the funds are being disbursed to estates developers, whose houses, majority of the NHF contributors cannot afford them. So, there are empty houses all over the place, and many NHF contributors don’t have a house of their own. And Shagari built houses all over the places across the country in his era, without any Housing fund in existence then.

For their information, we are aware of the problems before they were established to tackle them. If they don’t have the well with thou, to carry out the tasks, they should tell us. Some among us are ready and willing to tackle some of the challenges head on.

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