A senior citizen of Akwa Ibom State, Ezekiel Nya-Etok has expressed disappointment with the present political system, saying it is impossible for the country to make any headway. He stated this in an interview with TNN in Uyo.
Nya-Etok, the Director General of Nigeria First Project which is a front line civil rights organization stated that a chief executive officer of any state does not own the state and has no right to parade himself in that manner but must be ready to give account and do his reports to his people at all times.
Condemning what he called the flamboyant lifestyle of people in governance, he noted that as the poorest country in the world, Nigerian leaders must respond to the needs of Nigerians by cutting down on running costs and then plan well to make life comfortable to workers.
His words, "I am hundred percent dissatisfied with the present system. The chief executive of the state is not the owner of the state; he is only a CEO who must do his report and give account. The governor should cut down to low profile.
"Nigeria and Akwa Ibom cannot and will not make progress with the current political system. We must radically change the music. We must redesign our political system. We must realise that the office of the governor is open to a man who must manage our resources. Such a man must have pedigree.
"We all know that Nigeria has become the poorest country in the world. What is the sense in being the poorest country and living like rulers? Desperate times need desperate measures".
Nya-Etok who believed the government has to drastically "shut down and shut out" of unnecessary expenses advised that Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State should sell out the state's aircraft and use the money to carter for the needs of the citizens of the state.
Reasoning that the time had come for governors to stop wasting the state's lean resources on unprofitable trips, projects and activities which lack values and direct impact on the lives of the citizens, Nya-Etok advocated professionalism in administration of states and the nation, insisting that politics must consciously be separated from governance.
"Government must sell out the aircraft. Shut down and shut out all liaison offices to cut wastages. You don't need more than five cars in your convoy. What is the cost of feeding in Government House on a daily basis? What is the cost of fuelling convoy vehicles on a daily basis?
"We must professionalize governance. While political leaders should continue to drive politics in their area, commissioners must remain technocrats who engage on deep thinking and strategic analysis of issues that should bring about productivity in governance.
"Zoning must be condemned completely while we root for excellence and meritocracy. Our wastage accounts for over 40 percent of the budget. We have more than enough to double the salaries of every worker in the country", he noted.