Dogara Blames Weak Institutions for Nigeria’s Backwardness
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has attributed the backwardness of Nigeria and Africa at large to the continuous existence of strong leaders who end up building weak institutions. The Speaker, who made the assertion yesterday while playing host to the 50 participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course 9, from the Institute of Security Studies, Abuja, said it was, to him, a paradox that Africa, with strong men and women leaders, continued to build weak institutions.
While commending the institution, originally a concept of the Department of State Services (DSS) for expanding slots for participants in its training course to include agencies such the police, NDLEA, Nigerian Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Federal Road Safety Corps among others, Dogara said inter-agency rivalry had in the past militated against the effectiveness of the war against terrorism. He said the idea of having personnel of the different agencies studying together would not only deepen the spirit of cooperation between them, but build effective bonding that may outlast the course period, urging the participants to take their training seriously.
He said: “The society is dynamic, and so the laws and institutions that govern us are also supposed to be dynamic. Only institutions like this are where the tools of leadership can be delivered. The first responsibility of democratic governance is the security of lives and property of the citizens, and that that can only be achieved “if we get our acts right.”
Earlier, in his remarks, Director of the Institute, M. B. Seiyefa, said the Institute was conceived by the management of DSS in 2008 to bridge the gap observed in its personnel, and the need for intellectual capacity of its men to deal with new threats, and trends in the security circle.