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How Weak Institutions Underdeveloped Africa, by Ambode

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has attributed Africa’s underdevelopment to weak institutions.

In his remarks at the opening session of the 2017 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos, the governor called for stronger institutions.

The theme of the conference is: “African Business: Penetrating through institution building”.

The governor said the theme of the 57th conference was apt on one of the issues that have kept Africa far behind on the scale of ease of doing business.

“Weak Institutions constitute a major disincentive for investment, which is extremely important for the efficient and effective harnessing of the huge resources that nature has blessed us with.

“Our institutions are weak because in most cases, their establishment is influenced by personal and short term considerations.

“In some other cases, they are deliberately weakened in order to make them subject to the whims and caprices of the leadership,” Ambode said.

The governor said building and sustaining strong institutions requires collective commitment to the rule of law.

According to him, it entails building the capacity of such institutions to enable them discharge their responsibilities effectively and transparently while being accountable to the people.

“It must create an atmosphere of confidence, mutual understanding and protection against arbitrariness,” he said.

Ambode said Nigeria must take a cue from developed economies where the integrity of their institutions was not compromised for whatever reason.

He said in those climes, it was the institution that put state officials in check and not vice versa as was the case in most parts of Africa.

Lagos State, he said, was aspiring towards attaining those heights.

“This is the ideal and best global practice which we, in Lagos State, are striving very strongly to attain towards building an economy that is globally competitive,” he said.

The governor joked that he would have been a lawyer; he blamed his “failed attempt” to being “messed up” by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Welcoming lawyers to Lagos, which he called Africa’s fifth largest economy in Africa, Ambode said the state was connected in many ways to Nigeria’s history, including the study and practice of law.

He said it was home to the brightest legal minds that laid the foundation for the legal profession in Nigeria.

Joseph Jibueze
The Nation News

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