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Why Nigeria should be easier to manage, by Nevin, PwC chief

Nigeria, the most populous African country, has been described as the easiest country in the world to manage and lead.

Offering reasons for his declaration, Andrew S. Nevin, partner and chief economist, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria, who made the statement in a monitored speech, noted that the West African country is a self-organising nation.

“I have been all over the world and lived all over the world but Nigeria is a self-organising nation,” he confessed.

Speaking further, the PwC chief said that considering events that have happened successfully in the country, groups of people are not told by anyone what to do, but they get together and accomplish things, while many of the organised private sector actors, who are doing very well, organise their own power, infrastructure and training.

“They have to build every part of the system to make it work and this happens at every level of the society. You have the Igbo Apprentice system, you have people that organise the market, you have churches and mosques,” he noted.

Nevin also commended what he described as the extraordinary abilities of some self-regulating organisations such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), among others.

He further observed that in Nigeria, people get together and organise things, while noting that the country is the easiest place to realise self-organising power and unleash it.

“There was an article in Guardian about a Ballet school in Oshodi and it is in the UK Guardian. It is an extraordinary story of someone who built a Ballet school and no one asked her to do it but she just did it and now these people are getting scholarships to go to New York Ballet School”, he revealed.

With the incredible organising ability, all Nigeria needs to do, according to him, is to “unleash a little bit and when you unleash, things will begin to happen in Enugu, Cross River and Sokoto”.

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