Charles Kenechukwu Okoro, Obiora Anichebe (PhD)


The observable slow-paced development in most contemporary African countries has been linked to a number of factors, including lack of sufficient sense of commitment on the part of many African leaders and undue influence of their erstwhile colonial masters. The persistent resurgence of some development challenges is indicative of a more fundamental militating factor, namely, lack of adequate sustenance of the developmental strides; hence, the frequent redefinition of goals, from the pursuit of millennium development goals to sustainable development goals. Against this backdrop, this paper identifies the poor management of the available human and natural resources, exemplified in the lack of maintenance culture, as a very critical factor militating against sustainable development in Africa. Using the Nigeran experience as a case-study, the paper basically aims at a critical assessment of the general attitude towards the management of public assets and facilities with a view to highlighting its impacts on sustainable development. It equally aims at outlining possible measures to promote maintenance culture as a great value in public service. The idea of maintenance culture, in the context of this discourse, borders on management and resource control and correlates with the factor of continuity in administrative policies and programmes. Save undermining Africa’s socio-political progress, the lack of maintenance culture is causally linked to other factors militating against sustainable development in Africa. Hence, it is a call to re-orientation and the imperative of value-driven and progress-based policies and programmes.



Maintenance Culture, Sustainable Development, Continuity, Re-orientation, Africa

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