The former Director General of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Dr Eddie Iroh, has identified accountability as the fulcrum for responsible and responsive governance.
Iroh stated this as a guest lecturer to the first Imo good Governance lecture sponsored by Imo Bilie Initiative for Social Justice (IBIN) with the topic: Stewardship Accountability in Public Spending held on Thursday at the Conference Hall of Immaculate Hotel, Owerri.
The Seasoned Broadcaster who was represented at the well-attended occasion by Mr Anthony Ozor, a senior presenter with Radio Nigeria, Owerri, commended the topic of the lecture as being timely especially as the nation – Nigeria is still grappling with a clear understanding of the true meaning of good governance, transparency and accountability.
He pointed out that accountability gives authority as well as meaning to leadership in so far as it is answerable to the people from whom leadership traditionally derives but regretted that in Nigeria, their leaders often talk about rendering account of stewardship but hardly implement the tenets expected in accountability.
According to him, “Governance does not cost a kobo on a day-to-day basis, although, it would have cost you plenty of Naira in training and acquiring the skill that equips you to govern. Government on the other hand, is where the money is spent – through budgeting and implementation of recurrent and capital projects,” he observed.