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WHY MOST GOVT POLICIES, PROGRAMMES DON’T GET IMPLEMENTED – KEYAMO

Festus Keyamo, (SAN), the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, has blamed the failure of some government programmes and policies on corruption and use of non professionals in executing projects and implementing policies.

He made these assertions at the 10th annual summit of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) in Abuja.

The Minister who was represented at the event by his Special Assistant, Niyi Fatogun, said: “In the real world, due to competing interest and the phenomenon called political patronage and perhaps corruption, non-professionals are sometimes deployed to execute programmes and projects derived from well-articulated policies. As a result, we have seen very good policies fail. And these are policies that work excellently in other climes.”

He said this is the case because professionals tend to stay away from politics as they see it as too dirty for them to get involved in it.

“For decades we have heard professionals say the political process is too dirty for them. Yes, one can imagine in those days when a top-notch professional will have to go to Ibadan to play the Amala and gbegiri politics and get the blessings of the strong man of Molete, in order to become an active asset in Nation Building. Most of us know what that blessing sometimes entails and are not ready to undergo it. It sounds “gross” to put it in a common slang.

“However we must also realise that the policies and laws that drive our professional lives and make the society a better place for us and our profession is made by the politician who participates in the political process. This is why it behoves on professionals, like any other group, to actively participate in bringing about a government and be part of the government. That way we will always ensure that there is abundance of professional round pegs in politics to fill the round holes of political patronage. This makes the choice of whom to choose as it concerns patronage easier for the political class. Perhaps then the eternal discuss of putting round pegs in round holes will stop being an issue.

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“The advantages to the country are also limitless. For one, the country gets at least two or more for the price of one, an administrator and a professional. It also means the professionalism deployed will make sure that the country gets value for its money. Policies formulated using professionals and programmes developed to bring those policies to life are better understood and better implemented. Professionalism in service will be the norm and so on and so forth.”

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