- AFTER THE PANDEMIC, WHAT NEXT?
IF WE SURVIVE THIS PANDEMIC,
1. GENUINE efforts towards diversification of Nigeria’s economy is urgently needed. Oil sales can no longer sustain us.
2. Remunerations for political positions must be made similar to the rest of the world to promote improved service to the society.
– Immediate review of the wages and allowances for political positions should be a priority.
3. Complete revamp of the health and education sectors at all levels more important now than ever.
– we should have at least two global standard hospitals in each state of Nigeria.
– immediate intervention in our public-school system. STOP CAPITAL & TALENT FLIGHT ABROAD IN THE NAME OF FOREIGN EDUCATION.
– SCHOOL PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE NEED TO BE UPGRADED.
– WEB-BASED PLATFORM LEARNING MUST BE MADE COMPULSORY IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS
4. States should become less dependent on federal allocations (from oil sales).
– work with local businesses to increase their capacity & increase revenue (tax) potential.
(e.g. local production of masks and other PPE as examples).
5. States should speed up the process for generating their own revenues.
– states should buy shares in businesses within their states.
6. States should note that internally generated revenue has become a key survival revenue source.
– urgent deployment of technology in IGR collection is key ( direct payment into the state’s coffers)
– terminate all contracts for IGR collection using non-electronic systems.
7. States should conduct their own census & demographic characterisation to know the population and other demographic details of their states.
– all businesses in a state must be registered with the relevant agency of the government & have tax registration.
– all self-employed people must be registered as well.
8. Registration of births and deaths with each LGA registry must become compulsory, with fines & jail terms as punishment for non-compliance. State governors to consider forwarding a bill for this to the States’ Houses of Assembly.
– invest in ICT to facilitate real-time gathering of demographic information to help in budgeting & planning.
9. States must cut out waste in governance and review their vision/strategies.
– review the composition of the state’s strategic planning team. Remove all non-value-adding personnel.
– close/merge non-value adding ministries & parastatals.
– review the wages and allowances for political office positions.
– remove every appointee in government that does not add value to your government.
– appoint people that are competent into positions even if they are your enemies or opposition or critics.
– cut out unnecessary foreign trips that do not add value to the people.
10. Focus on projects that can add marginal gains to the state.
– no time for gigantic projects.
– forget new cities, make the existing ones workable and efficient.
11. FG should redefine the importance of LGA’S
– scrap them or make them useful.
12. Although it may be unpopular, corporate social responsibility expenditure for big businesses must be made mandatory.
– e.g. 1% of annual net profit must be contributed to the society if net profit exceeds a certain defined threshold.
13. Tax structure should be reviewed at all levels. Higher-income earners should pay more taxes.
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