Privatise the Government of Nigeria!

Privatise the Government of Nigeria (GON)!

It is amazing to hear that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s refineries are to be sold. Why? Because of inefficiency and under-performance problems if a self-set 30-day government ultimatum fails. This is the same NNPC that is supposed to be the only concrete evidence that President Muhammadu Buhari is doing a good job. Bianimikaley!Ibe Kachikwu, is NNPC’s new General Managing Director. His media portrayal is as some Nigerian equivalent of Jack Welch, a great American super-CEO. Yet, privatisation is the most possible solution to the refineries’ failing performance, especially for fuel provisions. The logic of governance is failing Nigeria’s management like a disaster and common sense is appearing to be more uncommon the higher one goes.

Moreover, I have seen no national institutions in the world that fail to deliver more disastrously (on a per capita resources level) than the Nigerian institutions called the Presidency. And the National Assembly and the Judiciary. They globalise everything but themselves. Ports, airports, health, education, and crucial public services the public needs.

Yes, the three arms of government are stark failures. Nevertheless, these woeful institutions ever fail in performing their duties at all levels. They have failed society and citizens, so most Nigerians expect of them no good of them. Well, without the generous helpings of greed, ethnicism, delusion and prayer. Buhari says he will change all that.

How come is no politician or technocrat with serious intent suggesting the privatisation or orglobalisation of the GON? Yes! The Presidency, the National Assembly and the Judiciary to the lowest bidder? Do they lack to guts or intelligence to promote neoliberalism, in its truest form? The logic of business good government bad? There are a few things in the world more inefficient than misgovernance borne of the kleptocracy that drives Nigerian government officials.

Furthermore, the free market should be able to run the Presidency well. And the National Assembly and the Judiciary better than Nigeria’s state apparatus have ever done. This, if implemented, would ensure better value for money, efficiency and choice of the system of governance in the country.

In contrast, I would love to see how politicians and technocrats will react to a debate or popular mass demonstrations by the members of the public to privatise the GON. Yes! The Presidency, the National Assembly and the Judiciary being given a 90, 180 or 1000 days ultimatum to preform to First World standards/expectations. Or sell their institutions to the lowest bidder. Maybe then useful sense may truly be common to politicians and technocrats again.

I conclude, by suggesting the government should now have the choice of markets they have always given to the public. If executives, legislators, judges and technocrats cannot run Nigeria and its institutions with success, they should give way to market ownership.

Privatise the Government of Nigeria (GON)! And we will see Nigeria turn into a paradise.


Grimot Nane

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