by Kayode Awojobi
The need for continuity in any organization is very significant, and it is one of focal ways through which organizational goals can be achieved. This same ideology, equally, applies to democracy, because there is no way, whereby an individual will be in an elective post forever, there will always be change of hands at every helms of affairs from time to time.
This played out in the just concluded elections where many sitting governors were defeated while some whose tenure already ended need to leave for another capable hands to occupy the office. As the situation is currently, roughly all the states of the federation have many uncompleted projects, we are in the twilight of handing over leadership.
As expected, the incoming governor, asides states with re-elected governors, should complete these projects. In instances, where the incoming governor is from another political party, he may not have the intention to complete these projects. However the electorates desire that there must be a continuum across all strata of governance, and this will surely leads to the development of our democracy.
There’s this believe that each political party has its style of governance and this always determine which sector they would invest more. This ideology has always led to littering the state will uncompleted projects. In order to advance the state, projects should be seen from the angle of communality rather than for self-glorification.
In some Southwestern states such as Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and in the North Central state of Kwara, there would be a total change of guard come May 29. The incumbent governors of these states would surely have some uncompleted project, such as Inter-city roads, Ago-iwoye-Ilisan road in Ogun state, Pen Cinema Flyover bridge in Lagos and Geri Alimi tunnel in Kwara. All these projects among others are major projects initiated by these present administration but they won’t be able to complete all the projects due to the limited time. It would be beneficial to the electorates, if the incoming governor of these states take charge of these projects within the first 100 days to not more than one calendar year to complete these projects and this will truly reflect a matured democracy.
As stated by Michael Porter, “The thing is, continuity of strategic direction and continuous improvement in how you do things are absolutely consistent with each other, in fact, they are mutually reinforcing.” Continuity plays major role in any given organization and most especially in our democracy, and it is high time we learnt from western countries and strengthen our democracy. “If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then, democracy must become a means as well as an end” says Beyard Rustin.