Social Commentator and founder of SwiftaCorp, a pioneering African software and technology services group, Victor Asemota has said Africa will change rapidly for good once we have designers as leaders or leaders who respect and understand design.
Asemota said Africa has a design issue.
He said this in a series of tweets on his verified and official twitter account.
According to him, traffic jams occur for many reasons and the most common reason is unexpected constraint from accidents or infrastructure failure.
He said, “I started writing a thread about something but it morphed into something else. Let me go back to my original thoughts about Africa and design. Africa will change rapidly for good once we have designers as leaders or leaders who respect and understand design. We have design issues.”
“Traffic jams occur for many reasons and the most common reason is unexpected constraint from accidents or infrastructure failure. If we have decided to have roads and highways, we must design to make them functional. How many designed rest stops are there between Benin and Lagos?”
“Yet, contracts are approved regularly for poorly designed and unsustainable infrastructure. My late uncle Leonard Ogbeide was Director at the FMWH and in charge of Highways design. Those toll gates were also designed initially as rest stops and not just for making money.”
“Even the making money aspect of tollgates was also to make the highways sustainable and not dependent on other sources. The problem was that there was no design around payments and there was a lot of fraud. The tollgates themselves started becoming places where police collect too.”
“My uncle said it was almost impossible to stop the guys at that time because they were making so much money and will even kill to sustain that revenue. He wanted to keep traveling to Benin from Lagos every weekend in peace. There was also security design failure alongside process.”
“The solution one government decided was to get rid of the tollgates rather than improve the process. We take drastic decisions which end up not really solving the problem. The stealing just moved elsewhere. Corruption follows the @claychristensen law of conservation of profits.”
“After several failures, we have decided to bring the toll gates back. The people are protesting but I think it is a great idea IF and ONLY IF they are designed properly this time around with properly secured rest stops with real security not extortionists.”
“I already know that is not going to be possible. The design failure starts from the very top. The way we elect our leaders is also deliberately poorly designed to perpetuate mediocrity. Corruption is NOT our problem, it is lack of design sensibility. A designer can be corrupt.”
“The only difference between the corrupt designer and the clueless one is that they will make things work and have a sustainable revenue pipeline instead of kill things and not have any source. The golden goose of oil has already been cooked and the eggs are not coming anymore.”