A don, Prof. Aja Akpuru-Aja, says that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) initiative have been achieving the desired results.
Akpuru-Aja, a formal Directing Staff in the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, said this during the presentation of a paper titled: “Building Transformative Leadership for Nigeria’’ at The Big Idea Podium lecture series.
The lecture series, which was held in Enugu on Tuesday, was organised by the African Heritage Institution (Afri-Heritrage), an international socio-economic and political analytical institution.
Akpuru-Aja, who is currently with the International Relations and Political Science Department of Abia State University, said that TSA had helped the government and country to check multiple infractions into the country’s finances.
“I must laud the vision and dexterity of the present administration to implement the TSA initiative, which had brought sanity and discipline in the nation’s finances.
“For now, un-co-ordinated financial withdrawals and running of government finances without discipline and accountability had stopped. People are now more responsible financially,’’ he said.
According to him, with the TSA the country had been able to make substantial saves over time and can easily trace its monies.
On the Ease of Doing Business (EODB), Akpuru-Aja said that the initiative had improved the country’s competitiveness to doing business as well as opened the country up for business by relaxing all bottlenecks impending businesses.
“The present government is moving with a vision to get things right and correct negative ways of doing business especially as it concerns government service agencies and commissions.
“I believe we are making progress in the right direction, which needed to be sustained,’’ he said.
The don also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the Financial Autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary Bill, which is another landmark reform of this administration.
“However, we wait to see the implementation of the law,’’ he added.
Earlier, Dr Otive Igbuzor, Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), Abuja, in a lecture noted that “leadership is the pivotal point of every organistaion, society or nation’’.
Igbuzor, who delivered the key lecture themed: “Building Transformative Leadership for Nigeria’’, said that the country was suffering from quality leadership void.
“True leaders are not selfish and have no interest in themselves or position but committed to influencing others for the common good.
“A transformative leader must be a change agent, one who develops capacity and trust on others as well as create an enabling environment to make a change for the common good,’’ he said.
In an address, the Executive Director of Afri-Heritage, Prof. Ufo Okeke-Uzodike, called for a change in leadership structure and philosophy.
Okeke-Uzodike said that the country needed transformative leaders who would ask questions why things are going wrong and why lots of challenges rising up daily in the country.
According to him, the issue of leadership is fundamental. It is one of the biggest issues facing the country.
The lecture series was attended by the academia, capital of industries, policy makers and government functionaries as well as the media from all parts of the country.