Character and values in the public sector and governance

By Prince Michael Ogungbemi

The state of insecurity, hopelessness and underdevelopment in Nigeria as experienced in the previous administration was generally blamed on bad governance due to monumental corruption, ineffective leadership and leadership deficit. Bad character and low or lack of moral values among successive Nigerian leaders from independence are said to be responsible for corruption and bad governance.

It’s imperative that we carefully examine and lay out the processes through which men and women are selected, elected, or appointed into various positions of leadership in Nigeria. For leaders to be effective, they have to be men and women of good character with high moral values and rectitude.

Considering the centrality of good character and moral values in leadership attributes, critical stakeholders should set out to examine and lay out how to inculcate good character and moral values in the Nigerian leadership for effective governance and sustainable development.

There is a clear need for intervention of engagement with relevant stakeholders to create sustained awareness for combating corruption as well as transparency in governance. Our focal and critical stakeholders here are no doubt the political parties, candidates and citizens. While the activities of the civil society could seek to educate through collaborative engagements of the core and relevant stakeholders.

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