Weekly Column: Follow up defect

By Omordia, Efe Alexandra – A good marriage starts out pretty much as any other; the bride and the groom exchange looks filled with meaning as they say their wedding vows. The mother of the bride wipes her eyes as she sees her daughter being led away. The guests dance till their aching feet protests. Nothing extra-ordinary takes place (except when an old sweetheart decides to take revenge) what makes a good marriage different from a lousy one is not what lies on the surface but on years and years of preparation and mind set of the major characters. A man who has learnt how not be swayed by the daughters of Eve will naturally be faithful after he ties the knot, a woman who did not sell her body to the highest bidder will also be willing to make some financial adjustments if need be. For things to work, sacrifice and diligence is needed. It is not about making grandiose and ostentatious pronouncements; it’s about following up on earlier carefully planned intentions. Why is there a problem here to follow up on government policies and plans? Initially things sound nice. The government officer in the hearing of Journalists would commission some water or light or sanitation project and the people will be delighted that a change has come at last. Things would function for a while and then things would go haywire. Nobody follows up, nobody cares.  The details are as important as the grand designs or extra-ordinary budgets, if we don’t realize that we will be here where we have been for a long, long time.