*By Pius Alile*
Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu’s leadership by example Agenda is based on true governance principles of transparency, accountability and responsibilities in transacting the businesses of govt.
It denotes the use of due process, with emphasis on technology – enabled e-governance as
a process of eliminating incidences of institutional corruption inherent in the system. This process should aid the modification of tax collection and tax regime in its entirety.
This transparency regime of Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu should be able to curb wastages and leakages that currently bedevilled govt institutions and system across the state.
Some of these leakages include: the presence of ghost workers in the public sectors, unnecessary expenditure by govt functionaries, financial recklessness, embezzlement of public funds and receipts of kick backs in the transaction of govt businesses. Lack of due process and flagrant violation of procurement acts in the tendering and award of govt contracts.
It is imperative to note that having the wrong set of people in positions of authorities cannot drive the process of transparent and accountable governance.
Appointments based on favouritism without recourse to competence, experience, qualification and capacity can stunt the process of delivering good and acceptable leadership to the public.
It is govt officials both the appointees and public sectors workers that should drive the Simple Agenda vision. They are the drivers of leadership by example vision of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
Those with historical antecedents of corruption must be excused so as to avoid questionable perceptions credibility issues.
Leadership by example must also be based on inclusive system of governance followed by regular public consultation by listening to public opinions, views and suggestions.
The suggested use of ” Edo Policy Exchange” and Town Hall meetings to engage, consult and elicit innovative ideas so as to move Edo state forward remains a hallmark of modern and acceptable way of providing effective leadership.
Leadership by example must be based on tolerance of divergent views. Some criticism should be accepted as a vehicle for policy change and modifications.
It should also be seen as part of inclusiveness in governance.
Pastor osagie Ize-Iyamu’s leadership by example Agenda has given impetus to responsive governance and an insight into the style of future leadership of the incoming govt led by Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu. His leadership by example vision is a vehicle for moving Edo state forward.
*Hon Pius Alile is the director of strategy and a member of Media Team Edo state APC campaign council*