Glad that Gov Masari is finally looking outside the box to find a solution to Katsina’s almost absolute dependence on federal handouts. His trip to China to explore development opportunities for Katsina is a commendable move.
However, his mouthpieces should please try and up their game. They keep drumming into our ears that his trip to China is sponsored solely by a company seeking contracts from the state.
First, it’s demeaning to the state and its people that we can’t sponsor our governor to China on an official duty. No matter the current economic situation, I don’t think we’ve reached that stage.
Second, how do you expect due process in contract bidding when the company that has “sponsored” the governor and his entourage to China is interested in the job? Even if they’re not the best to do it, who do you think would get the job? If the company does a shoddy job, how do you expect any government official to have the guts to reject it knowing well that even the governor is in their pocket?
You see, during my MSc days, I was privileged to learn about financial management, including the basics about corruption. I’ve learnt that corruption is beyond giving and taking of bribe.
Technically speaking, anything “the giver” does that could influence “the taker’s” behaviour or attitude in favour of the “the giver” is corruption. There are many other aspects of corruption that are beyond the scope of this short piece.
Therefore, Gov Masari’s official and unofficial mouthpieces should please take note. These tactics may look good on the surface and even buy over a few people, but they don’t work with informed souls.
Look at issues from all angles, and think about the consequences of what you’re about to say before you say it. Otherwise you’ll be inadvertently destroying the very person that you’re trying to build.
Our people say, “In kunne ya ji…”