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Submitted by George Amadi on
The era of worrying about the geographical, racial or religious origin of project initiatives is gone. We now live in a world where the oil leak currently troubling the Gulf of Mexico is a serious global concern. So, the question of Multinationals dictating the pace of project initiatives in Africa or in any other developing region for that matter, does not arise. African Leaders can no longer ignore the invaluable benefits to be derived by allowing effective public-private partnerships to flourish in their respective countries. A base to illustrate this point is, when government liberalised the telecommunication sector in Nigeria, this led to an astronomical growth of cellphones from zero to 70 million in 10 years. The initiative for the project was home-grown! A few years ago it was a herculean task driving around in Lagos, but now with the introduction of a peculiar bus rapid transit scheme initiated by the State Governor, getting to the Island is a lot easier! The Multinationals and the World Bank must be commended for the technical assistance and funding they respectively, put at the disposal of Africa. What developing countries need to do, toward reciprocating this kind gesture, is to use these resources judiciously because they are, indeed, finite. The citizens of Africa must increasingly hold their political leaders to account. Public utilities must also be guarded jealously by one and all, lest they fall into decay and then new money would be needlessly spent toward putting them back into good working condition. George Amadi, MD, George Amadi Media Consultants (GAMCON), LAGOS, NIGERIA