Capacity Building in Developing Countries: Human and by Valentine U. James

By Valentine U. James

The time period ability development refers to permitting the indigenous humans of constructing nations to hold out improvement procedures effectively by means of empowering them via bolstered household associations, provision of family markets, and development of neighborhood executive efforts to maintain infrastructures, social associations, and advertisement associations. ability development additionally comprises the necessity to realize indigenous curiosity teams, motivate neighborhood efforts, offer incentives for privatization, and coordinate neighborhood, neighborhood, and foreign recommendations to reinforce productiveness and clever use of normal and human assets. most crucial, potential development encourages a bottom-up or grassroots attempt for sustainable development.

The grassroots attempt starts with the family. skill construction addresses all parts of social, fiscal and healthiness, and environmental methods via a holistic method. The chapters of this booklet, written through specialists of their fields, deal with those 3 components of the constructing societies.

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Chief Awolowo said in his book, Nigeria’s Path to Freedom, that ‘‘Nigeria is not a Nation. It is a mere geographical expression. . ‘Nigeria’ is merely a distinctive appellation to distinguish those who are not’’ (as cited in Akintunde, 1991). It is obvious that Chief Awolowo did not recognize Nigeria as a true political entity. He was not the only one with this idea. James S. Coleman (1971) in his book Nigeria: Background to Nationalism also makes this assertion. In 1948 Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, a leader of the NPC, affirmed in the legislative council that: since 1914, the British Government has been trying to make Nigeria into one country, but the Nigerian people themselves are historically different in their backgrounds, relig- Nigeria and Social Transformation 17 ious beliefs and customs and do not show themselves any sign of willingness to unite.

The civil servants knew that the policymakers, in the absence of elected professional politicians, had abandoned their political neutrality and were no longer the rational and efficient implementers of politics but more involved in politics than serving. The military has lost its image as a united moral force above politics, and its internal struggle for power surpass the need to hand over power to the civilians at large. The fear of handing over power to a civilian who will probe military activities continues to hamper resolution of the political problems in Nigeria.

The countercoup plotters accused Ironsi of an attempt to make a reality of the Ibos’ dream of one day being in control of Nigeria. Ironsi’s failure to deal with the January 15 plotters se- 16 Capacity Building in Developing Countries verely, according to Madiebo (1980), and his attempt to impose a unitary system of government on Nigeria were unacceptable to the northerners. Gowon’s ascendancy to the top did not please some quarters, especially Colonel Ojukwu, an Ibo and the military governor of the eastern region.

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