STRATEGIC UNION OF PROFESSIONALS FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF NIGERIA (SUPA)
IT PRESENTS THE OFFICIAL POSITIONS OF SUPA ON MAJOR ISSUES. THE STRATEGIES OUTLINED (COMPLEMENTING EACH OTHER) ARE CONSIDERED CRUCIAL TO NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
SUPA promotes integrity in private and public conduct. We support global transparency initiatives and condemn all forms of corruption: Moral, Financial, Electoral, Judicial, etc. To effectively check corruption, SUPA developed and proposes the four ‘E’s as an anti-corruption strategy: Enlightenment, Example, Empowerment and Enforcement.
Enlightenment: The Nigerian public can be sensitized to abhor all forms of corruption for its negative effects on private/public interests and developmental efforts. Some alarming effects like insecurity, fake drugs, poor infra-structure, low standard of living, high crime, etc. are obvious to many.
Example: Leaders at all levels must show good example to all their followers by maintaining the highest standards of integrity.
Empowerment: Nigerians empowered through education, employment and improved welfare conditions are less likely to be corrupt.
Enforcement: Leaders must enforce all relevant rules to maintain very high ethical standards. Supervision must be effective and deviation must be identified and corrected. Punishment, prosecution or other appropriate control measures must be applied pugnaciously as a deterrent.
SUPA identified the inadequate power capacity in Nigeria as a major hindrance to industrial, infra-structural, economic, social and human development. The SUPA strategy for improving the situation includes:
Increase Generation Capacity: Build new gas power stations since natural gas is super-abundant in Nigeria; Gas power costs much less than solar or nuclear power and presents less safety and technological challenges. Revamp all existing hydro, gas and coal stations.
Upgrade Transmission and Distribution Capacities: Existing facilities may only need to be upgraded, modified and extended.
Reduce Petroleum Products Prices:Reduce prices to cost recovery levels which for PMS (Petrol) is about N31.50, to promote economic and industrial activities. Ref:SUPA TP 01-626. Current over-pricing of Petroleum products may be hindering development.
Education is key to human development which is fundamental to social, economic and infrastructural development. The following proposals can improve literacy and ethical values:
Free Primary Education: To ensure that many more people have a basic education to improve their skill and knowledge.
Modify Curriculum:Moral instruction and civic education should be included in the primary education curriculum. Discipline must be enforced at all educational institutions to promote sound conduct and ethical values.
Refurbish Facilities: Dilapidated facilities in educational institutions should be refurbished to meet modern standards. Adequate teaching tools should be provided.
Teacher Motivation: Motivation and effective supervision of teachers and education administrators will improve educational standards.
NIGER DELTA CRISIS
SUPA sees the Niger Delta crisis as a national emergency that requires immediate mitigation. The situation threatens the security, unity and development (Human/Infra-structural) of the entire country. We identify the injustice and neglect of the past fifty years as the root cause of the crisis. To redress the situation, we propose as follows:
National Apology: The government of Nigeria may need to apologise to the people of the region for the injustice and neglect of the past to promote national reconciliation.
Increase Derivation Factor: An immediate increase in the derivation factor following the national apology will confirm a bonafide commitment to reconciliation. Increased allocation will be applied to redress developmental gaps with improved accountability and transparency.
Dialogue: An open dialogue with all stakeholders including the militant groups to identify and meet their acceptable demands may lead to the final and fair resolution of the key issues.
To ensure sufficient food production in Nigeria, a quantum increase in mechanized agricultural output is necessary. Strategies to increase agricultural production may include:
Increased Local Fertilizer Production: This may be achieved by the revamp and upgrade of existing fertilizer facilities and the development of new plants.
Increased Agricultural Incentives: In collaboration with farmers and their unions, government can identify appropriate incentives for increased production. Import tariff and tax incentives can be considered.
National Mobilization and Training:Campaigns and education using the mass media may lead to increased interest in agriculture. Extension services can be revitalized.
Improved Infrastructure: Improved road network will boost both access to farm lands and transportation of products. Development of more storage silo to minimize losses.
Security is critical to all human and developmental activities. Security can be improved by addressing both the socio-economic factors and the law enforcement issues. The factors may include public morality (value system), materialism, high un-employment, weak economy and poor education etc. The law enforcement issues may include training and motivation of officials, provision of equipment and update of procedures.
Security may be improved by:
Accelerated Development: This will remove some socio-economic factors favorable to crime.
Anti-Corruption and Ethical Revolution: This will create social safeguards to deviant conduct.
Motivation and Equipping Officials: This will boost morale and capacity for law enforcement.
The Police, the Para-military services, the Military, SSS, NIA, etc. may need strategic re-orientation, motivation and adequate equipment.
SUPA proposes the following approach for the development of the health sector.
Focus on primary health care: Ensure adequate facilities, personnel, materials and drugs to meet all primary health care needs in every local government area in Nigeria.
Revamp or upgrade at least one secondary health care facility in every state and ensure adequate facilities, equipment, personnel, materials and drug supply.
Revamp or upgrade at least one tertiary health care facility in every zone in Nigeria.
Provide incentives to boost local pharmaceutical production.
Expand and improve the capacity of NAFDAC to control drugs and processed foods.
Improve regulation of alternative medical practice.
Motivate all personnel to improve productivity.
Enhance administrative oversight to improve and maintain high standards.
While Africa remains the focus of Nigerian foreign relations, an aggressive collaboration with all friendly countries in symbiotic ways must be pursued. A clear profile of key Nigerian national interests established by the National Intelligence Agency can be utilized to identify synergies and opportunities for international collaboration.
Possible areas of collaboration include; International Peace, Security, Anti-terrorism plans, Anti-Corruption activities, Oil and Gas Energy Development and Supply Stability, Trade, Education, Industrial Development and Construction.
The performance of the economy is the sum of the performance of the different sectors. The energy, anti-corruption, agricultural, health, social, educational and infra-structural improvements will reflect on the Economy particularly in Real Sector productivity.
Regular and high quality power supply will increase industrial Capacity Utilization, Employment, Efficiency and GDP. It will also lower capital and production costs and consequently lower prices (deflation). The decrease in capital costs will increase investment incentive and accelerate economic development.
Improved transport infrastructure will boost transportation of goods, equipment and human resources and consequently increase productivity.
The anti-corruption activity will check threats to productive economic performance.
Health, social and educational improvements will improve quality of manpower and effectiveness.