Why Nigeria is underdeveloped : Agbakoba

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), on Monday claimed that Nigeria’s under-development was caused by incompetent leadership.

He said the country cannot attract Foreign Direct Investment (FID) when it was under a “non-performing government.”

Agbakoba spoke at the second plenary session of the ongoing Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Lagos.

He said no progress had been made towards addressing the power deficit, adding that he used about 10 generators to run his offices.

Agbakoba said it took him an average of three hours every day to get to work due to poor state of Nigerian roads.

He said, “Despite all of the resources allocated to power, we don’t have power. As I stand before you, I run about 10 generators in various offices.

“The vice president spoke very eloquently but in real terms, we as lawyers are responsible in the context that we must put pressure on government.

“No one is going to come here on foreign direct investment with the kind of, for want of a better word, non-performing government that we have. It’s not possible.

“Despite the huge market – 200 million Nigerians – we are very poor. So, sometimes we sit here in fancy suits; but go out to the streets.

“I am a maritime lawyer in Apapa district. The Apapa district contributes 30 per cent of Nigeria’s national budget. Yet it takes three hours for me to get to work because trucks and tankers have blocked the entire place.

“So, let’s not pretend. We must look for leadership. And I think that is the central challenge.”

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  1. Paul says

    The people that helped politician develop and shape policies are the civil servants. They remain constant regardless who occupies polical offices and we called “the Government” or “the Administration”.

    In my (little) experience of interacting with the Government, I realised that, whilst some are diligent and dedicated, most are incompetent and not fit for the roles they undertake.

    So, the longer we have these individuals in positions of influence and authority, and with weak political leadership, the longer the Nation would continue to suffer reputation damages and discouraged confidence of the outside World.

    I refer to the famous statement made by the Founder of Virgin Organisation, Sir Richard Branson, after the failed Virgin venture in the aviation industry in Nigeria to buttress.

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