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Prince Sam Obi: Only If Public leaders Could Take Tips from the Obi Code of Governance.


John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D
 Published January  31st, 2011

Suddenly the country in a much tiny way saw what it means to move the acts of governance forward not just with empty or hollow words but with words flowing with actions. Those who in the future seek national or state office could learn from Prince Sam Obi, the current Speaker of Delta State who served as interim Delta state Governor sometime in November, 2010 to the beginning of January, 2011.

Within three months Obi, as an acting Governor was governance-focused both in his words and actions.
It has been a very long time that the public saw a leader making a public pledge, and putting ideas out openly, fearlessly, and unwaveringly in a striking and unflinching manner.
Nigeria is now trying to find its self in the face of innumerable threats to economic security, institutional health and political stability. But here is the good news.

The ex-acting Governor has given us tips and ways that could reduce the sucking of the nation’s capital and has helped open new routes to exercising better leadership in government and in society.
In an introductory manner, Obi reminded us that the people live in “extra-ordinary times’, therefore if the nation is to address some of these “extra-ordinary circumstances” future or current leaders should boldly “fulfil a constitutional duty in accordance with dictates of democratic ethos and above all, the rule of law”.

As part of the Obi code of governance, he sees the acts of “cooperation, collaboration and understanding” as part of leadership challenge.

In a non-figurative manner, Obi, unlike any recent public leader advanced that it is paramount to be “committed to offering selfless service”, “run an open administration”, and remain open to “constructive criticisms”, and he believes in the welfare of the people, as he directs that the “people should (always) go about their normal duties.

As part of the new national narratives, he championed the need for “ hard work’, “honesty”, “accountability and transparency.”
As part of a new normal in leadership and governance strategy, Obi calls for leadership to “pledge loyalty to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and selfless service to all”.

The Obi code of governance states that leaders should be able speak power to truth by making sure that “government will do all within its power to ensure that the machinery of governance continues to run without let or hindrance”.

As to those among the public who harbours the spirit of chaos, Obi believes that leaders should be able “to charge the law enforcement agencies to ensure that…nefarious persons” are controlled for the good and peace of the nation.

The Obi code of governance calls for bold actions and deeds, even if it is only about sending a psychological shock to self-satisfied leaders, and Obi partly demonstrated this process in “ the dissolution of the Executive Council…with immediate effect”.

Obi believes in praising leaders even if it is only to encourage them to do good by using their abilities and experiences to “ ensure smooth running of the machinery of government”.

Obi believed that leaders must act as role models in order to “enjoining them to avoid anything that would portray the government in negative light”.

Obi believes public service requires “workforce to be pro-active, efficient and productive” and he asserts that "civil service should be pro-active and efficient rather than being a liability”. As part of the Obi code of governance, he believes that small improvement s in human service, usually result into bigger dividends, as evidenced by his demand for workers to “avoid cases of absenteeism”, therefore ensuring efficiency and productivity.

He sees time management as essential ingredients to effective public practices, as in the case of “salary preparation to ensure that workers receive their pay on” time, and he asserts that promoting “strategies used in collecting internally generated revenue” are needed in behalf of the state or nation. The Obi code of governance demands on officials “to be careful and avoid fraud in the preparation of salaries and in the collection of internally generated revenue(s)”.

Along the same line, Obi asserts that to restore the spirit of leadership and positive practices “embargo on foreign Trips for Political Appointees and top Government Functionaries” becomes paramount.

Every sensible Nigerian will agree that the leadership situation in the nation currently wallows in chronic wrongdoing and the misuse of politics, as such transformation, no matter how small could come not by throwing the nation backward, as it currently appears but by adhering to the Obi code of governance.

Thank you, Sir and hopefully a leader in your image or mindset could be swept into the office of the presidency or other authority by the people and for the sake of ensuring a disciplined approach to governance.

John Egbeazien Oshodi, Ph.D , DABPS, FACFE, is a Forensic/Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Science, North Campus, Broward College, Coconut Creek, Florida. joshodi@broward.edu




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