2020: Ajulo tasks government on enabling environment for development
An Abuja-based lawyer, Kayode Ajulo, has tasked government on enabling environment for a steady development of the economy.
Noting that good governance is central to economic growth and development, Ajulo, who spoke in Abuja in the spirit of the New Year, listed the provision of physical infrastructure, increased spending on health and education as some of the factors that stimulate economic growth in a nation.
The constitutional lawyer also kicked against ethnic and religious sentiments, stressing that Nigerians are at risk of becoming liabilities to humanity as leaders continue to view things through religious and ethnic lenses.
“I want to urge Nigerians and indeed, the leaders that such sentiments, tendencies, and actions should be avoided by all possible means this year,” adding that good governance is not ensured by leaders alone, but also built by the trust reposed in the leaders by the citizenry.
“Thus an inclusive government is based on accountability and trust in the institutions put in place for effective governance of the nation.”
Ajulo, therefore, urged the Federal Government to shun all acts of nepotism, sectionalism, and division, which he stated, are some of the things the government is accused of.
He went further to describe 2019 as year of adjustment for Nigerians in terms of economic realities “particularly in the aftermath of the closure of our borders which was an economic measure or policy to primarily curb the menace of smuggling and heavy dependence on foreign goods. It however came with a mixed impact for the economy because of the unexpected nature of the announcement.”
He held that such an economic decision of dire implications would not have been taken overnight without recourse to Nigerian people.
“It is therefore expedient that while the government is keen on boosting and increasing local production, it should also devise an interim means of ensuring price control even though economists may want to argue that what we are having now is the interplay of the forces of demand and supply.”
While commending government for the intended protectionist mechanism of the nation’s economy, he noted that economic policy of that nature would have been better appreciated were all stakeholders and indeed, the Nigerian people carried along in terms of media advocacies, engagements and campaigns for such scheme.
On the issue of rule of law, Ajulo added that a country’s path to peace, economic prosperity and development can only be secured when laws are respected and citizens’ rights protected.
“The executive arm of government cannot be seen to be breaking the law in the name of upholding national security. The rule of law and national security is not two mutually exclusive terms.”
He, however, admitted that the executive has often been caught in the web of misconceptions by the public as well intended actions taken for the peaceful coexistence of the nation were either met with public outcry or outright condemnation.
“This is evident in the perception of the public towards its handling of the cases of Omoyele Sowore and Sambo Dasuki. The misconceptions were further heightened by the apparent disobedience to court orders as witnessed in the afore-mentioned cases.
“I must state that there is simply no legal justification for such disobedience. The executive would have shown its predisposition and posture for the rule of law by complying immediately with the orders while also pursuing and exercising its right of appeal for a stay of execution of those orders.
“It will however be counterproductive and self-serving, to sum up based on these two cases that the totality of this administration’s drive towards the prevention of anarchy amounted to a complete disregard for the rule of law”, he stated.
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