Commentary

Commentary



Why Good Governance Our Concern
Monday, 03 February 2014 07:27

For reasons that shall be hereby underscored, good governance becomes our greatest concern. One major reason is that the characteristics of good governance are pivotal for achieving the visions set out in the Constitution. That good governance is part and parcel of the country’s vision is the other important reason. Furthermore, it is issued in different government policies and regulations so that the government officials shoulder prior responsibility to execute. And lastly, that to bolster good governance is one of the pillars of the country’s growth and transformation plan (GTP) makes it our greatest concern. What more, it is no more contentious, that the quest for good governance is comprehensibly the question of existence.

Ultimate peace, sustainable development, human right and democratic right protection are the constitutionally grand visions of the country. The country can be said to exist as a sovereign nation, only when it attains such constitutionally incorporated visions. In the first place there shall be a well established ground for human right and democratic right protection. A citizen whose right is protected develops a healthy personality towards the rights of others which may result on arousing feelings of one-to-one considerations and mutual benefits. Healthy relationship in a society as it locks the room for social unrest is a fertile ground for peace to settle. A stabilized state can foster development. Good governance, well then, is an integral part of achieving the visions; the absence of which, however, would make things go otherwise. That is, citizens’ rights breaching rather outweighs citizens’ rights protection, social unrest erodes peaceful life, poverty suppresses development etc. At last, the future envisioned by the Constitution would rather go illusory than visionary. That is why good governance becomes our concern.


 

Good governance is part and parcel of the country’s vision. The country envisions getting itself along a democratic avenue constructed and polished by keen participation and acute consensus made by citizens. It also sees to bringing about justice exercised to all on equal base, and achieving to be one of medium income nations by fighting against poverty. This also remains illusory if good governance would be trodden on. Thus, this makes it our concern.

Good governance has been referred to in different government policies and regulations so that it could be the duty and responsibility of executive bodies to give it primal importance in their agendas. Along with building democratic system, good governance, in the present context of the country, has become the question of existence. As it is redemption, for people who once, under the imperial and the dictatorial regimes, were their property and benefits robbed and their rights trespassed, the culture of democracy needs to have a favorable climate to flourish in. To this effect, ensuring good governance on the part of the government officials would become significant. They share responsibility to implement the policies and the regulations of their organizations and therewith hold account, without which it is vanity to think about good governance. This is the reason for our concern to good governance.

Good governance is one of the pillars of the GTP, and it plays a major role in fulfilling its success. The GTP is mainly targeted at achieving a double digit economic growth. Besides, it aims at succeeding in the millennium goal by improving quality education and extending access to health. Ensuring sustainable development in the country by creating stability in the forthcoming activities is also the target of the GTP. There it is needed to have responsible executive bodies and transparent working procedures, an aware society where mal administration activities and corruption will not be condoned or tolerated, and a sustainable social, political and economic development if the GTP is to succeed. That also makes good governance our concern.

Accountable to the House of Peoples’ Representative, the Institution of the Ombudsman (EIO) has been established by proclamation No. 211/2000 with an objective to see to bringing about “good governance that is of high quality, efficient, transparent, and based on the rule of law, by way of ensuring that citizens right and benefits provided for by law are respected by organs of the executive” (art.5). This objective could (only) be realized within the context of a broader framework. On the one hand, it calls for the constant improvement and transformation of the public administration system, and on the other, a rising appreciation of the value of a progressive system focused to bring about increased access and proximity to citizens' needs and complaints. As a watchdog of the citizen, along with hearing public grievances and seeking for remedies, the EIO also provides awareness both for the executive bodies and the citizen in order for the former to legitimize their duties of serving the people according to the law, and for the later understand their rights so as to persistently fight ill practices committed against their rights. Notwithstanding the responsibility of the institution, it is, however, on the shoulder of the executive bodies and the entire citizen to play the game of good governance.

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