Ex-NERC Boss Tasks CSOs on Sustainable Development

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Former Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, yesterday challenged civil society organisations in the country to do more through better innovation towards ensuring sustainable democracy and development in the polity.

He also urged the CSOs as vanguards of institutions, to help move the nation attain viable economic growth in her transformation process through collective action and norms that define social cooperation.
These he noted would boost meritocracy in the public service.

Amadi spoke while delivering an inaugural lecture to mark the 48th birthday anniversary of the Executive Director, African Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), David Ugolor, held in Benin.

Speaking on the theme; “Shrinking Civil Space And Need to Explore Innovation as Panacea,” he said although civil society in Nigeria has played a key role to usher Nigeria into sustainable democracy and development, it still has a lot of work to do to promote the ideals of the public good.

Represented by John Paul-Morgwa, of the Department of Optometry, University of Benin, Amadi said skill gap in the civil society movement was too huge that it does not encourage social innovation.

“The Nigerian civil society needs to reinvent itself to reinvent society,” Amadi stated, adding that stagnating norm of ethical particularism and its consequent regime of prerogative fosters a corrupt and uncompetitive society.

He observed that such a society cannot be innovative except the CSO recognised that they had the responsibility to foster the cultural reform necessary to build a sustainable foundation for social re-engineering.

The former NERC chairman added further that should the Nigeria ruling elites continued to reward privilege and prerogatives rather than performance, then the country will remain poor and unproductive.

He said: “Poverty breeds violence and violence reinforce poverty. As long as we don’t transit into a meritocratic society that value productivity over ethnic identity and social status, we cannot enter into an innovative society.”

Source: New Telegraph

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