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What is governability with respect to human societies and nations? How does a nation’s governability affect its economy? These are two of the critical questions we examined in our book Barrier to Riches; Why Africa remains poor.


Governability, to us, is the ease with which a nation can be organized, indoctrinated and led through a path that leads to continuous material prosperity and social progress which are the bases of happiness and comfort coveted by all. It is the ease with which the government can develop and install systems that govern or lead the people well, without making the people feel unduely bothered, burdened or harassed.

It means streamlining social processes and directing them to achieve good ends for the society without enslaving the people or using naked force on them. The force of authority of government must be there but it must be carefully shielded and used nakedly only when the law of the land is breached or the system is tampered with.

The purpose or function of government is to coordinate and control the affairs of the people so that the society can achieve its objectives of individual comfort and happiness. Governability is the ease with which the government can do this. When the government can easily do this, we have high governability. When the government finds it difficult to do this well, we have low governability.

Even with very causal observation of Africa, it is easy to see that governability in Africa is low, in some places, very, very low. What is responsible for this? Is it that Africans are not intelligent or skilled enough to form effective governments? Is the fault in the political processes that lead to the emergence of leaders? Can we ascribe the difficulty of governance to faulty constitutions? What is preventing effective governance in Africa?

Economy refers to the social processes implicated and involved in the production, distribution and utilization of goods and services to satisfy man’s material needs for comfort and happiness it is not difficult to see that governance coordinates and controls the economy of society. This means that in general, when governance is good, the economy will also be good. The implication is that general poverty or a poor economy is triggered by low governability.

We are of the opinion that the factors that precipitate or deposit poor governance are similar to the factors that produce general poverty and a poor economy. We have already seen that poor governance is a feature of most African governments. Poverty, too, is widespread all over Africa, confirming a direct relationship between governability and the economy of nations. This means that if we can find the roots of governability, we can also see the root causes of general poverty of a nation.

We assured that man is a social animal in the sense that Aristotle stated. By this we derived that man is a social particle with a biological nucleus. We found that man can be likened to a current-carrying conductor. By this we reduced Aristotle’s model to: Man is a social particle with a current carrying conductor at its nucleus. This means that we can represent man as a physical particle. Assuming that all men (and women) are equal, we derived that a smaller-sized particle represents a social particle with a small social space, dp, while a large-sized particle represents a social particle with a large social space, dp.

We did physical experiments with sand particles in a reactor.

Our experiments show that governability is almost impossible when the particles are attached to their native cobs like maize grains are attached to maize cobs by nature because that makes the people have very low dp. Low dp particles are hard to govern because their flowability are limited by cohesive forces or electrostatic charges between them. When the particles are detached from their native cobs and made to stand alone, their dp increases so that they can flow better and therefore become easier to govern or lead.

Please consult the book for the detailed report of our experiments.

Our experiments suggest that governability is low in Africa because Africans are still arranged in native cobs of tribes and tongues which prevent or reduce their flowability. This is also the factor behind African poverty and backwardness. When each African nation adopts only one language (preferably a non-African language) to be spoken by all and eliminates all native African tribes and tongues, the dp of African individuals will increase. Governability material prosperity and social progress can then grow in Africa. Please read the book for other details before you make up your mind.

Source: Isaac John


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