Continuity as strategy for sustainable development
SIR: It is no doubt that roads, highways, bridges, utilities, buildings, parks and other physical features of publicly built environment, if not adequately built, maintained and improved constitute a problem of urban decay, as the degree of usages of the infrastructure by the fast growing population will be extremely high.
Empirical research has it that growing proportion of business enterprises are strongly influenced by the infrastructures available in a given community. Hence in choosing a location for a business enterprise, a consideration of the available infrastructural facilities has to come to play or be in place.
In as much as public infrastructure has major impact on a community’s quality of life, patterns of growth, and prospect for economic growth, it will not be enough to provide infrastructure without maintenance and improvement, and initiate programmes and policies for development without implementation to their maximum functional capacity.
Continuity in this context refers to a continual; provision and improvement of developmental projects, initiation and implementation of policies and programmes for development, and their sustenance. Therefore, in a system of discontinuity, there are proliferations of abandon projects, neglected policies and programmes, and waste of resources. This in turn leads to retardation in development as there are lack of continuous drives in the development of projects, policies and programmes.
Nigeria has before now experienced retardation in development particularly in the area of provision of public infrastructures and drives in human empowerment policies and programmes, as a result of discontinuity in the system. It is a clear fact that some abandoned projects and neglected programmes in the country were as a result of lack of continuity in the system. In contrast, continuity in the system ensures and encourages continual completion of projects, implementation of policies and programmes to their full functional capacity. Continuity in the system as a matter of fact helps to achieve the desired purpose for which projects/facilities and programmes were made.
In this instance, I commend the effort and commitment of the Buhari’s-led administration in ensuring that uncompleted projects inherited from past administrations are continued; and human empowerment programme(s) are continued.
Therefore, as a matter of necessity to achieve a speedy development in the country, the efforts of any previous government towards creating development must be augmented by the succeeding government to ensuring that programmes, policies initiated for development, and projects for development embarked upon are consolidated.
• Joshua Nnanna Obomanu