Everything else requires leadership. In fact our own research using a proprietary management practices index used in employee engagement surveys in diverse industries indicates that interpersonally competent leaders do a better job of holding on to high potential talent, increasing engagement and creating psychologically healthy workplaces 1. Survey after survey worldwide continues to indicate that leaders make a difference including research of our own 2. But just how bad is leadership today?
Donald Trump is his inexplicable skepticism and intellectual aversion for the facts surrounding climate change. Long before his emergence on the global stage as the 45th President of USA with his electoral victory, Donald Trump has always kicked against the issue of climate change, which to him is at best unrealistic and a figment of the imagination of weather or climate Scientists.
When he got inaugurated, the earliest decision he implemented was to back off from the global anti -climate change treaty signed in Paris, France about two years ago which his predecessor president Barack Obama had championed. The heaviest and most destructive hurricane known as Hurricane Harvey has just affected Texas with nearly one hundred casualties and property worth billions of dollars lost.
As i write, the Caribbean Islands are attacked by Hurricane Irma which has so far claimed at least 7 lives and unleashed monumental devastations in the once beautiful paradise of tourism.
This is because in our own homeland of Nigeria, the direct consequences of the natural phenomenon of climate change have occurred by way of flood disasters in many parts of Nigeria including Lagos, Niger, Nsukka, Enugu state, Owerri, Imo state and Makurdi in Benue state.
Erosion is tearing Oko in Anambra state apart. It must be stated that in USA even with the pessimistic President Trump who doubts the veracity of climate change, his administration has worked day and night to deliver reliefs and assistance to the hundreds -of- thousands of victims of floods and hurricane in Houston, Texas.
The president has made a personal donation of a million dollars. Many corporate individuals and organizations are showing amazing generosity to the victims. Ironically, Nigeria is not caught up in the scientific dilemma of doubting the veracity of climate change because President Muhammadu Buhari participated in the enactment of the Paris climate change treaty and Nigeria has Okayed it.
Nigeria is therefore a party to the Paris Agreement on Climate change. But in terms of preparedness, commitment and managerial acumen and the enabling national mechanisms for checking the effects of climate change, Nigeria is lacking and is indeed deliberately deficient.
Apart, from the absence of a national legal framework to tackle climate change and the lack of a functional commission to specifically tackle climate change, even the coordinating agency set up by the central government on disaster prevention and management known as National Emergency Management Agency NEMAthe current leadership is weak and grossly inefficient.
President Buhari has disappointed Nigerians by resorting to rewarding political patronage when he picked the Yobe state born politician Alhaji Mustapha Masihaja to succeed the Kaduna state born Director General Mr. Since the emergence of the new Director General, NEMA has witnessed leadership disaster that needs to be attended to as a matter of a national emergency.
During the period of the hospitalization of President Muhammadu Buhari in London, when Nigeria witnessed floods and other disasters including conflicts in some communities in Cross Rivers State, the current Director General showed a high degree of non-challance and even when the then Acting President ordered NEMA to collect N1.
The current leadership in NEMA has come under the scrutiny of public affairs analysts who think that the new Director General Mustapha Masihaja is grossly inexperienced and not committed to work for the entirety of Nigeria but seems to have concentrated all resources of NEMA in his local North East zone afflicted by conflicts engineered by armed Islamists of boko haram.
NEMA has looked increasingly like a local contraption devoid of a national scope and has become the Northeast Emergency Management Agency NEMA since this leadership change that was politically motivated as was done by the current President.
The legislative oversight is also missing conspicuously thereby complicating and compounding the operational and managerial viruses eating up NEMA. As stated earlier, the National Assembly has so far failed to pass the relevant national legislation to bring about a functional commission on climate change.
But, if NEMA is managed by competent managers; the law setting up that agency have provisions that can effectively tackle the vicious cycle of floods. National Emergency Management Agency, as it is today, is largely the product of a census among stakeholders, so says an official publication from the agency.
NEMA is also to Collate data from relevant agencies and filed operation of disaster management; Educate and inform the public on disaster prevention and control measures; Coordinate and facilitate the provision of necessary resources for search and rescue and other types of disaster curtailment activities in response to distress call and Co-ordinate the activities of all voluntary organizational engaged in emergency relief operations in any part of the Federation.
NEMA is to receive financial and technical aid from international organizations and non-governmental agencies for the purpose of disaster management in Nigeria; Distribute emergency relief materials to victims of natural or other disasters and assist in the rehabilitation of the victims where necessary and Collect emergency relief supply from local, foreign sources and from international and non-governmental agencies.
Nigerian government must address the urgent need to put in place an effective management team for NEMA. The Economist has in its earliest September edition expertly reviewed the Worldwide consequences of Climate change and these floods occuring in Nigeria are interconnected with these factors.
The Economist identified the one cause of Climate change to global warming. Yet the underlying trend Is what you would expect from climate change.
Warmer seas evaporate faster and warmer air can hold more water vapor, which releases energy when it condenses inside water vapor, which release energy when it condense inside a weather system, feeding the violence of storms and the intensity of deluges.
The Economist appears to have noticed that the consequences would be more in Nigeria as part of the developing economies. America has the opposite problem- the federal government subsidizes the insurance programme NFIP has been forced to borrow because it fails to charge enough to cover its risk of losses.
Underpricing encourages enough to cover its risk of losses. Underpricing encourages the building of new houses and discourages existing owners from renovating or moving out. Five states, Texas among them, have more than 10, such households and nationwide, their number has been going up by around 5, each year.
Insurance is meant to provide a signal about risk; in this case, it stifles it. Flooding strengthens the case for minimizing climate change, which threatens to make wet places wetter and storms stormier. Even those who doubt the science would do well to see action as an insurance policy that pays out of the case is.
But politicians and officials who fail the test need to realize that, sooner or later, they will wake up to a Hurricane Harvey of their own. We must do everything possible to inject merits and competence into the management of disasters.
NEMA should not be seen as a cashcow for political patronage since natural disasters have no political borders. The managerial disaster in NEMA must be tackled.Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review (OMAN Chapter) Vol.
1, No.6; January 1 ACCOUNTABILITY AND PUBLIC SECTOR FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IN NIGERIA. Chapter 14 - Managing human resources within extension. K. Vijayaragavan and Y. P. Singh. K. Vijayaragavan. is a Senior Scientist in the Division of Agricultural Extension at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India..
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