Emir Sanusi has opened the door to common sense in a community too often guided by the crass obtuseness in private and public circumstances. He is however a long way from it as he too cannot see that it is not the number of offices or multiplication of office bearers that stand alone in the way of commonsense in governance.
While we must show concern for the volume and value of outgoings on these under-performing liabilities parading as assets, it is time we considered recontextualising public finance, and ask why the Governor and other public servants in Osun and Nasarawa, to start from the low end, are earning, and can command allowances at the same level as their equivalents in Lagos and Kano?
Does the mayor of New York earn the same salary as the mayor of Gary, Indiana, or does the governor of California earn the same as his Arkansas counterpart? Our comparisons with the USA are never in good things are they?
This is where commonsense deserted Nigeria but did it start from the military era?
The Premiers and Governors and civil servants of the colonial period ran the same salary scales, if I am correctly informed. It’s a labels and content issue. While the institutional heads can, within a constitutional arrangement, carry similar titles, there is no basis in commonsense for paying the same remuneration for different job loads .
The chief executive officer of a small family business with a turnover of less than ten million a year is a Managing Director; so is the CEO of Guinness Nig Ltd with a multi billion naira turnover but would it occur to anyone to consider equal pay for unequal burden and effort, and indeed, returns to effort in the two communities?
In good governance and management, rewards are usually, and should be tied to effort and returns to it. In that here’s commonsense.
The contrivance for stealing other peoples’ money for federal purposes called the federal account facilitated this but does not necessarily justify it. If the funds flowing into the Federal Account were tied to development, or the Governors of Osun orNassarawa, for example, rather than spend the states’ allocations on remuneration and allowances were compelled to limit these to what Osun/Nassarawa GDPs can deliver ,there would be a lot more money going to developmental activities.
If those who wrote the constitution were not unthinking modern day Africans, they would have made a point of protecting the public interests instead of padding the wallets of office holders insensitively and unwisely as to lead us all into moral and material bankruptcy.
Emir Sanusi has joined those who think it is the plethora of political personnel and apparatchiks that is ruining us. No, dear Emir, it is in part, the poor commonsense of letting them all take the same pay home, regardless of each state’s GDP or resource capacity.
Commonsense ? The search continues in Nigeria.
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016. 3: 50 a.m. [GMT]