Inherited colonial administrative system responsible for Africa’s setback, says Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation has identified legacy of the colonial administrative system which was inherited by African government and which no administration has had the political will to address, as responsible for setback in the continent
Penpushing reports that, the Regional Director for West Africa, Ford Foundation, Dr Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye stated this while delivering a paper with the theme, Social Media Regulation: Insecurity and Elections Accountability in Nigeria’, at the 4th annual anniversary lecture of Penpushing Media, held in Abeokuta.
The cerebral lecturer pointed out that the colonial system was rigged against the people, adding that, everything was done to protect the colonizer and subjugate the citizens, stressing that no arm of government was created to serve the people.
‘The continued legacy of the colonial administrative system which we inherited and which no administration has had the political will to address, is mostly to blame. The colonial system was rigged against the people. Everything was done to protect the colonizer and subjugate the citizen’, she emphaised
Penpushing further reports that, Aniagolu-Okoye noted that many may wonder why government often seems to be on the other side of the people, and why good governance has been elusive in most of Africa.
‘No arm of government was created to serve the people. They were all created to subject the people. The colonizer never questioned itself. It only ever questioned the people’s audacity to complain or demand for rights and services’.
‘’It doesn’t matter if the administration is military or democratic, the inherited administrative system has remained the same. The government is, therefore, more inclined to suppressing the people than it is in strengthening its own systems and processes’, she added.
‘The piecemeal reforms undertaken now and again by different administrations are only cosmetic. The whole colonial administrative system will have to change for government to become responsive to citizens and for trust to be built with citizens’, she added.
Penpushing also reports that, Aniagolu-Okoye stated that, until that is done, social media regulation in whatever guise will continue to be resisted by the people and will be viewed with suspicion, stressing that government can only function effectively when it is trusted by the citizen
‘Until that is done, social media regulation in whatever guise will continue to be resisted by the people and will be viewed with suspicion. Government can only function effectively when it is trusted by citizens’, she said.
‘All of government’s efforts should, therefore, be geared towards building a new administrative system that engenders trust so that the results of this very crucial election and other acts of government will be accepted by majority of Nigerians’.
The Founder of Penpushing media, Prince Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji earlier in his speech said the lecture has become an annual event aimed to address number of issues as it affects the world and proffer solution to them.