The Need to Deepen Nigeria’s Democratic Governance

The Need to Deepen Nigeria’s Democratic Governance

Governance in Nigeria, in spite of back-to-back transition of the democratic process since the advent of democracy in 1999, still largely lacks leadership accountability, public transparency and inclusion. Despite the county’s improved profile as a democratic society, the lack of participatory governance, transparency and issues of corruption by government officials rob the people of desirable

Governance in Nigeria, in spite of back-to-back transition of the democratic process since the advent of democracy in 1999, still largely lacks leadership accountability, public transparency and inclusion.

Despite the county’s improved profile as a democratic society, the lack of participatory governance, transparency and issues of corruption by government officials rob the people of desirable democratic dividend. The polity is also awash with demands for greater transparency and accountability being the major prerequisites for good governance.

Earlier in their engagement with the electoral reform processes, prominent institutional stakeholders including the Civil Society, the Political Parties, INEC, the Media, the women, Persons living with disability have made submissions on how the exercises could attain the objective of positively impacting on the Country’s democracy and the conduct of credible elections through appropriate institutional and legal reforms.

Unfortunately, beyond the initial euphoria surrounding the submission of memorandums by these prominent interest groups, their issues are not being given the desired media and public engagement.

Entangled in this train of governance challenge, is the Nigerian media. Unlike in the days of the military when media reports are incisive and analytic to raise and arouse the public to issues, it is now becoming a common place that many of the media organizations in the country place emphasis on face value reporting of issues of democratic governance by mere reporting of events instead of deep investigative and informed reporting.

Rather than the media reporting developmental, investigative and citizens’ centred reports, the media has now become a willing tool in the hands of the power brokers of those in governance and the political parties, thus becoming a channel for featuring promotional news stories and propaganda about and around the personalities and interest of political considerations rather than issues that bothers on the welfare and interests of the citizenry.

In the ensuing entanglement and neglect of capacity building for the media, many journalists have lost touch of their responsibilities to uphold the performance of core media functions such as being a watchdog over Government, equitable access to parties and candidates in elections,    clarifying electoral choices, providing policy information, as well the most important role of the media to set development agenda.

It is therefore in meeting the democratic governance challenges that this platform, Nigeria Democratic Report (NDR) evolves in fostering popular action and concerns of national development agenda that entrenches the consolidation of democracy, offering an interfacing channel for stakeholders on issues that advance the deepening of democratic governance in Nigeria.

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  • Akin Ogunmola
    October 8, 2013, 1:42 am

    I agree with your submission and will encourage your organization not to relent in efforts to constantly remind journalists of their duties and responsibilities to the nation especially to the ordinary Nigerian.

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