Former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Urges President Tinubu to Evaluate Policies for Citizen Impact

Insights from Former INEC Chairman: Prof. Attahiru Jega’s Call for Policy Evaluation

At a summit held in Abuja on Thursday, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, delivered a crucial message to President Bola Tinubu, urging continuous evaluation of government policies and their direct impact on citizens.

The call for assessment is seen as a means to enhance the understanding of policies and ensure they align with the best interests of the populace.

Policy Evaluation as a Cornerstone: Jega Advocates for In-Depth Assessment

Prof. Jega emphasized the importance of evaluating executed policies, citing examples such as subsidy withdrawals and currency value adjustments, which have had adverse effects on ordinary citizens.

The call for a comprehensive assessment aims to provide insights into the rationale behind these decisions and shed light on their implications for the well-being of the citizens.

Constructive Engagement: A Vital Element for Informed Governance

In his address, Prof. Jega underscored the significance of constructive engagement between the government and the citizenry.

He highlighted the need for government officials to actively participate in dialogues that enable them to understand the perspectives of citizens, fostering a collaborative approach to policy formulation.

The former INEC Chairman lamented the tendency of some policymakers to remain detached from such opportunities, emphasizing the negative impact on governance.

Challenges of Policy Execution: Adverse Effects on Ordinary Citizens

Drawing attention to executed policies, particularly subsidy withdrawals, Prof. Jega expressed concern about their detrimental effects on the daily lives of ordinary citizens.

He stressed the importance of engaging with government officials to comprehend the reasoning behind these decisions and to uncover potential negative consequences.

The call for dialogue is framed as essential for achieving effective governance and addressing the challenges faced by the nation.

The Path to Good Governance: Reflection on Past Experiences and the Need for Improvement

Reflecting on the nation’s journey towards good governance, Prof. Jega pointed out the imperative of learning from past experiences and aspiring for continuous improvement.

He urged policymakers not to shy away from engaging in constructive dialogues that contribute positively to the governance process.

The former INEC Chairman suggested that sustained engagement is fundamental to achieving progress and development as a nation.

Long Way to Progress: The Call for Active Participation in Constructive Dialogues

Expressing concern about policymakers refraining from engaging in constructive dialogues, Prof. Jega cautioned that such avoidance hinders the nation’s progress and development.

He emphasized that for Nigeria to achieve its aspirations for good governance, policymakers must actively participate in dialogues that foster understanding, collaboration, and the overall improvement of policies for the betterment of citizens.

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