Government urged to perfect policy formulation, implementation
The Federal Government has been urged to rectify social disorder and injustice, which is perceived to be on display in the country.
A Professor of Sociology at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Chairman UNILAG Muslim Community, Prof. Lai Olurode, has advised public officials to always undertake critical analysis of policy prior to implementation.
Olurode, who spoke at a workshop organized by Advocacy for Social Justice and Ethical Values Initiative (ASJEV) in Lagos to commemorate 2020 World Day of Social justice, noted that critical policy analysis is a crucial strategy in implementing social justice.
“Formulation of effective policies helps public officials understand how social, economic and political conditions change and how public policies must evolve in order to meet the changing needs of a changing society.
“Legislators and policy makers most time doesn’t understand some of this issues, due to personal reasons they ignore forgotten that the life of the citizens are in jeopardy,” he said.
Olurode added that social justice is impossible unless it is fully understood by the citizens and awareness must be raised on the need for a better social justice system.
“The crisis of social justice in the country is rooted in lack of adequate understanding of what social justice says. Before any form of social justice can be achieved one must first understand social justice and create a consensus around its meaning” he said.
He stated that equal distribution of benefits and resources in the society would lead to a prosperous state.
“The governors, legislators have to do justice to the citizen under their jurisdiction. Likewise the traditional rulers of communities should treat their subjects equally, regardless of social status or creed.
“One of the most obvious is the tribal prejudice inherent in the nation’s polity as a result of the inequitable distribution of the ethnic groups across her landscape and the persistent attempt of the giant ethnic groups to monopolize control over state resources thereby usurping and undermining the far lesser groups in the nation’s polity,” he said.
Olurode added that for a country to achieve social justice, everybody have a role to play.
“The home, religious institutions have crucial roles to play in attaining a balance society, social justice should not be left alone to the government. It implies having structures put in place through which individuals can key in to achieve their innate potentials.
“Social justice brings about good governance and in turn good governance makes social justice thrive in society; making it impossible for one to exist without the other” he said.
The Founder of Advocacy for Social Justice and Ethical Values Initiative (ASJEV), Mrs. Jokotola Ojosipe-Ogundimu, appealed to governments for sound public policies and programmes that would improve on the quality of life of the citizens, most especially the less privileged.
“We need to fix our country, develop more inclusive policies that will promote redistribution of wealth and adopt social protection mechanisms that ensure sustainable security, peace and prosperity for all.
“We at ASJEV Initiative believe that through collaboration with your organizations, we can promote and amplify the message of social justice as a driver of sustainable growth and development” she said.