Allow me start by deeply appreciating Ambassador Sunday Thomas Dongoyaro, the mind behind the African Plan Research Study Institute APRI. Efforts similar to this enhance the authentic efforts of great thinking Nigerians to add to the country building effort without which Nigeria can never want to depend on its feet as a great nation. I am absolutely thrilled regarding APRI due to the fact that its vision and goal intersects those of the Ibadan School of Federal Government and Public Law ISGPP. The ISGPP is on its component is motivated by the required to earn the Nigeria federal government work much better compared to it is currently performing in terms of freedom and development via constant policy dialogues and executive education and learning. It is therefore highly extensive that APRI would promote the publication of an influential message on Nigerian federalism as part of its vision. And being asked to do a review of this substantial issue in Nigeria’s national advancement is a big honour. Yet my accepting that honour comes with its very own restriction.
If I had actually seen the text before being asked to review it, I would have declined the job outright. This is since the timing of much less than ten days was simply not adequate to do justice to the intellectual efforts of the eminent contributors Nigerian News. However my abiding interest in federalism as a crucial slab in overall governance reform and my deep regard for Ambassador Dongoyaro and the impressive federalism scholars/contributors and other who helped with the manufacturing of this volume overrode every other appointment I had. I am not a federalism scholar, however the Government Issue has actually gotten on the agenda of political science in Nigeria because the founding of Nigeria. My student days in Political Science had its very own fair share of arguments and discourses on Nigeria’s unbalanced federal system.
An equally fair share of my public discourses and public education short articles have engaged with Nigeria’s federal dynamics, specifically when it come to the seriousness of reform as an institutional essential for making the Nigerian nationwide task a feasible one in the last evaluation. I have actually promoted the reform of the Nigerian public service system for over twenty years, and it is uncomplicated to see how the poor federal system converges with the lackluster performance of the general public service as one of the autonomous needs Nigeria has to contend with. Let us take simply one historical example. When the legislature was working out the details of the Nigerianisation Policy in the prompt post-Independence period, it was faced with the problem between representativeness as a nod to Nigeria’s plural status and meritocracy as a nod to the professional standing of the public service framework. The principle of representativeness at some point won the day, and therefore, the civil service system entered into an expert decrease. I am genuinely persuaded, as a vital individual in the civil service institutional trajectory for some time, that the public solution has a duty to play not just in the revival of Nigeria’s government condition, but in the ultimate success of Nigeria’s growth account and autonomous success.