RITA- THE PATH TO GREATER NIGERIA
RITA is a statement of Ethical Principles by the Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri Centre for Change to promote the practice of excellence in individual behavior, and influence to guide public behavior. This enhances national capabilities.
“RITA” Stands for
R – Responsibility (Social)
Is an ethical ideology or theory that an entity, be it an organization or individual, has an obligation to act to benefit society at large. This responsibility can be passive, by avoiding engaging in socially harmful acts, or active, by performing activities that directly advance social goals.
Is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the quality of having an intuitive sense of honesty and truthfulness in regard to the motivations for one’s actions. Integrity can be regarded as the opposite of hypocrisy, in that it regards internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.
Is a general quality. It is implemented by a set of policies, practices and procedures that allow citizens to have accessibility, usability, informativeness, understandability and auditability of information and process held by centers of authority (society or organizations). Feedback mechanisms are necessary to fulfill the goal of transparency.
Is a concept in ethics and governance with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as responsibility, answerability, blameworthiness, liability, and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving. As an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in the public sector, nonprofit and private (corporate) worlds. In leadership roles, accountability is the acknowledgment and assumption of responsibility for actions, products, decisions, and policies including the administration, governance, and implementation within the scope of the role or employment position and encompassing the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for resulting consequences.
If every Nigerian (or 70%) is to imbibes the above mentioned qualities we believe that this will go a long way in bring about the positive change we so desperately desire as a nation.
Social responsibility requires that we all that is expected of us as citizens of this great Nation. Simple things like not running red lights, littering, teaching our children moral values, voting, encouraging dialogue. Issues of corruption seam to be more complex but can still be greatly reduced when we weave the treads of Responsibility, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in our national fabric.
RITA seeks to encourage Nigerian to be the change the want to see in our country, to get it right in their lives, in their families, in their businesses and work places. Then we’ll get it right as a nation.
Change always comes from the people. We owe it to our country Nigeria, if we genuinely called it our own, to show a greater sense of ownership and patriotism. To do all in our strength to help it attain the greatness it is destined for and consequently create a better today and future for us all.
RITA allows the articulation of SIECC’s national orientation. Through the implementation of SIECC – RITA principles, we believe our nation can be better off tomorrow. The building of a nation does not lie only I the hands of the government but I the hands of the citizenry. By thinking RITA and practicing RITA, we can certainly move our country to greater heights. This is the belief of Solomon Iyobosa Edebiri Center for Change.
The thrust for SIECC is for individuals to recognize and meet their responsibilities, identifying good practice, promoting leadership development that becomes strategic leverage of change.
SIECC’s statement of ethical principles aspire members and citizens to standards that are compatible with the best in the world. Emphasis on its four cardinal values of Responsibility, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability allows SIECC to “Treat citizens as subjects and not as Objects”.
Moving a people towards compliance and moving a people towards real commitment to an Ideal require two different approaches. Compliance and commitment are two phenomena at different ends of the same spectrum of Nation building.
“Compliance can be imagined, commitment is an orientation”
RITA allows the articulation of SIECC’s national orientation.