National development beyond building roads, bridges – CSO charges politicians
Canvasses holistic development that shifts focus from economic growth and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the well-being of the people
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, politicians in the country have been charged to look at nation development beyond the building of roads and bridges as erroneously imbibed by some leaders.
The Director, African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development, (ACLSD), Dr. Olive Igbuzo gave the charge on Tuesday in Abuja at an awareness program organised by the Good Governance Awareness Initiative ( GGAI).
Igbuzo canvassed a holistic development that would involve a shift from the focus on economic growth and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the well-being of the people.
“It must be pointed out that nation building is not just about building infrastructure-roads, buildings, bridges and flyovers as some politicians will want us to believe.
“This is why some scholars talk about holistic development which is a shift from a focus on economic growth and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to well-being. The idea is to harmoniously advance the well-being of both people and the planet, “ Dr. Igbuzo said.
Themed: 2022 General elections: the Roles of Youth Towards Nation Building, the program was aimed at mobilising youth for community development.
On her part, the Executive Director of the GGAI, Mauren Kelechi Onwukwe called on corps members to work toward improving the nation, stressing that community development is a collective effort.
“Governance and Community Development, as you all know, is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems.
“Volunteerism is a vital and critical aspect of community development, which I will urge you to imbibe without fear or prejudice”, she said.