Former presidential candidate Pat Utomi has said Nigeria is not progressing because “the government in Nigeria is dominating and suffocating.”
Utomi said this on Monday in Abuja during the High-Level Public-Private Sector Forum, hosted by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and Solidarity Center.
He said that “In Nigeria, there is an obsession with the government; the people believe that the government will fix things, that the government can do things, not knowing how important it is that we consider together political enterprise and human progress.
“One of the most frustrating things about Nigeria today is that most of those in public offices don’t have the capacity for where they are. There is no talent profile to determine who should be where.
“Most of them don’t have the foggiest clue what it takes to provide the environment to make the country prosperous.
“If we are going to make progress in Nigeria, we will have to create an enabling environment in which the private sector, public sector, and CSOs can collaborate to make a number of things happen.”