When two disparate autonomous zones (Oruk and Anam) were merged together in 1989, into one that would later become Oruk Anam Local Government Area, with cordinates 4°49′0″N 7°39′0″E / 4.81667°N 7.65000°E, all that was in mind was a hope of socioeconomic resuscitation.
But till the 21st Century, the Local Government is still in its embryonic stage. It is still in the dark stage. It is still an aspiring child ready to be delivered off.
Such situation is not unconnected with the ineptitude of her ruling elites since the creation of the place as a local entity. The problem is that Oruk Anam people is yet to realise how fragile, even weak, Oruk Anam is as a LGA. Only a few of us have an insight into the sociopolitical cum socioeconomic sepsis of the place.
Those of us who cares so much about us in Oruk Anam, are thus, disillusioned by the ineptitude of her ruling elites. This has ignited the muses of conscientious, fearless intellectuals to pick up their writing materials to create awareness.
As far as their relationship with the masses is concerned, Oruk Anam politicians, have slowly metamorphosed themselves, transforming into the personification of “Ataat” – i.e. the wasp, a notorious predator from the insect kingdom. The wasp, as we learnt in our secondary days, is ‘unforgivingly’ but subtly wicked; it greets unsuspecting prey with a painful, paralysing sting, then lays eggs on their body, which then proceeds to eat the victim alive.
That which has smothered our growth is that we are plagued by a homegrown enemy: the political ineptitude, mediocrity, indiscipline, bigotry and corruption of the ruling class.
All that Oruk Anam demands now is good governance and accountability. This will serve as a sine qua non for ensuring effective development and social order.
Development, which has to do with both quantitative and qualitative changes in the structure and performance of forces of production through eradication of poverty, disease, hunger, inequality, unemployment among other social problems can not meaningfully take place without good governance in place.
The concept of good governance encompasses general values and basic freedoms that include accountability, competence, the reign of the rule of law and absence of human right abuse.
I AM CALLING ON THE RULING ELITES to know that the responsibility of governance is ensuring political stability, provision of sound institutions, sound macro economic policies, conducive investment climate, good management of natural resources, accountability, welfare schemes, and a climate free of corruption, all of which are essential ingredients for the overall development of ORUK ANAM.
Written By Ime Jacobs