The Choice of Unsound Policy Making in African Nations

Adeniran, Adetayo Olaniyi


Africa is a continent which consists of most developing nations in the world. The continent seems to have mixtures or varieties of decentralization practices of administration based on some factors such as social, religious, economical, cultural, political influence amongst others factors. They find it difficult managing her resources (man, material, money and machinery) effectively and efficiently. Policy is an attempt by government to address issues by instituting laws, regulations, decisions, or actions that are pertinent to a particular problem. Therefore, issues arising in different sectors must be addressed and resolved by its policy. The more effective and efficiency of sound policy signifies that the policy is analytically based, economically sound, politically acceptable, socially credible, environmentally suitable and sustainable, for the betterment of the citizenry. It is quite obvious that policy formulation involves huge involvement of political office holders, law enforcement agencies and other public and private stakeholders, therefore any defect from these people will directly and indirectly results into defected policies. Every citizen in a nation deserves a good quality of life; and this is achievable through efficiency of all sectors which can be realized through sound policies and good governance.

Keywords: Policy, policy formulation, sound policy.

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