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COMPOSITION OF THE SOCIETY AND THE PLACE OF THE CITIZEN IN GOVERNANCE

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    ADESHOLA
    @sholaafariogun
    Nigeria

    From my own point of view, I divided the Society/Community based on what you do, your profession and job. You can be a Citizen, Lawyer, farmer, teacher, Doctor in Government hospital, Local Government Chairman, Governor, Legislator, Police, etc.

    From my classification, I grouped everyone into four;
    1. The Citizen,
    2. The Civil Servant,
    3. The Public Servant and
    4. the Civil Society.

    Going by this illustration, let us take for example that we are all in an autonomous Community and we all decided to go and work without securing our properties and common assets, there will be insecurity. To solve this issue, a few people from the community can volunteer to stay behind to look after our properties and common wealth, as such, the community people can decide that, everyone should bring a little from what they make out there to take care of the few who stays behind to secure our properties…These people are the civil servants while what we bring to pay them is our taxes.

    Going further, we are all busy and we need to take decisions and provide policy framework for the civil servants to work with, as such, more people show interest and we decide to vote and elect a few people to take that decision on our behalf…these are the public servants and they are also paid with our taxes all things being equal.

    The last category or class includes anybody providing any type of goods and services…they are the civil society. In lieu of the foregoing, the other three groups actually serve the citizen, they are working for the citizen, so CITIZEN is king in the scheme of things but they have lost their birth right because they are docile and they are not enlightened.

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    Adeshola Afariogun

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    African Foundation for Environment and Development- AFED
    No 29, Bolanle Awosika Street, Off Ilogbo Road
    Oju-ore, Otta, Ogun State
    http://www.afedev.org

    STATE COORDINATOR
    West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP –Nigeria)
    Ogun State Chapter

    MEMBER
    Ecowas Emergency Response Team –EERT

    PIONEER MEMBER
    Nigerian Youth Parliament
    Representing Ogun West Senatorial District

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