16 NOVEMBER, 2008
Oil-rich Nigeria, long hobbled by political instability, corruption, inadequate infrastructure, and poor macroeconomic management, is undertaking some reforms under a new reform-minded administration. Nigeria's former military rulers failed to diversify the economy away from its overdependence on the capital-intensive oil sector, which provides 20% of GDP, 95% of foreign exchange earnings, and about 80% of budgetary revenues. The largely subsistence agricultural sector has failed to keep up with rapid population growth - Nigeria is Africa's most populous country - and the country, once a large net exporter of food, now must import food. - CIA
And that was the story but how do we aim to write the future? How do we change and develop Nigeria? Has command and control managing of the cabinet called Federal Executive Council produced our desired outcome? The president as both the chief of state and head of government is fine but what do those 42 Ministers do? Those titles are repeated at state level but are they talking a lot about what should be done? Do those commissioners and ministers agree on what should be done? Which of those out there is actually doing the work? How do we get away from those labels and titles? Leadership after all is about questions but who are those special advisers living off the fat of the Soile?