20 July 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan told Nigerians in his inaugural speech that "the time for lamentation is over." In his view, we are in the era of transformation and that calls for urgent action on all fronts of our national life. The President added a caveat though. He said that "
can only be transformed if we all play our parts with commitment and sincerity." Nigeria
Obviously, the President would want to leave an enduring legacy by the time he finishes his tenure in 2015. To do this, however, he has to rely on his ministers, aides and a whole gamut of workers in the civil service. Unfortunately, we have a civil service system that is anything but efficient and result-oriented. So, it wouldn't surprise anyone if the President's transformational agenda is scuttled before it sets sail.