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Public Enlightenment, Necessary For Good Governance – Fashola

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 12:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase

Lagos

Former Lagos state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has affirmed that the purpose of governance is to make greratest good available to the greatest number of people.

Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Fashola

Fashola stated this on Thursday while speaking as a guest speaker at the 16th annual Bishop Mike Okonkwo  lecture titled; ‘the Nigerian political class and the quest for good governance’ in Lagos.

He said good governance is the only purpose for which government exists, adding that the active participation of citizens is a pre-condition for democracy to translate to good governance. According to him, the definition of good governance is not a matter that all citizens can easily agree upon because what constitutes good governance to a section can be opposed by another segment of the society on a subjective basis.

To achieve a good governance in a democratic dispensation according to him, is a combination of education which is public enlightenment, participation in terms of taxation and accountability, rule of law and some application of science.

“To test good policies and by extension  good governance should be whether it brings  the greatest good to the greatest number of people in terms of their welfare, security and safety and not whether it brings the greatest good to every member of society.”

However, Fashola said democratic governments must constantly keep in touch with the changing needs of their citizens through pools, survey and other scientific models  of empiric information gathering before formulating and concluding on policies.

He added that continuous enlightenment through all legitimate means of information dissemination is necessary condition for good governance.