On top of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. If there is a continent where poverty and hunger is thriving, it is
Realistically however, Africans are poor in the midst of wealth. They are dying of hunger and starvation while seating on top of billions of US Dollars. Unfortunately, Africans only see the wealth in Europe.10million skilled Africans have fled Africa in the last 30 years in search of greener pasture, the are economic refugees in Europe and Asian nations. They use their intellectual wealth to develop other nations. If skilled are 10million, imagine the number of unskilled Africans outside
“My people suffer for lack of knowledge” is a quotation from the oldest surviving book in the world.
We are not poor in
An average African lacks basic information, he refuses to see the opportunities around him, all he sees are the limitations and difficulties beside him.
Africans invest in liabilities rather than assets; we invest in today rather than the future.
The educational structure of most African countries makes me sick. Teachers are not happy doing the job because they are not well paid, facilities for learning are not available, classrooms are over crowded, we have refused to see that human capital is the greatest asset we can invest in.
Nigerians live amidst wealth yet remain very poor. Despite the rate of corruption, money still flows around. Recoverable Abacha loot is over N300billion. Imagine what the past Governors are now coughing out to EFCC? Still we are very rich!
In some parts of
An advert on wall street journal reads “Ideas are capital: Rest is money”
What we need to turn
Think about it, nine out of ten musicians that entered limelight in the last couple of years in
It cost only N50,000 to produce a demo in
Anytime I have the opportunity to visit Ajegunle, I pray to God for more blessings because the more he does, the more ill invest in people. Every evening at the school playing ground, guys from that area play football. If you see them you will know that
One person can organize clubs in the area together for a major sponsored tournament, publicize it and showcase them to the world. They will never forget you.
What pains me most is that there are Nigerians who spend so much on burial ceremonies and birthday parties. Lagosians rather buy exotic cars and drive on roads filled with potholes than developing the nation by developing people. That is why we will remain poor, our poverty is not because there is no money, it’s because the majority live on less than a dollar per day.
There are 774 Local Government Areas in
Instead of giving them money, L.G.As should create opportunities for students. There should be functional and well equipped libraries in all L.G. headquarters in
Imagine the number of information that goes around on the internet which has been regarded as the 8th continent in the world on daily basis. Very few Nigerian students are IT compliant. Instead of giving our students money, give them what will create everlasting wealth for them, that’s the way to build the nation.
If we are to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, Nigerian’s don’t need money, as it were, they need information as and when due.
Exploration activity goes on in the Niger Delta part of
Exploration companies use barites regularly to cement oil rigs. Fortunately for us in
What stops Nigerian graduates searching around for jobs to get a mining license from the Solid Minerals Ministry, explore for barite and sell to the oil companies? There is a ready made market, yet we are blind!
Indians and Chinese have been regarded as the 4th and 5th largest ethnic group in
Could you imagine the number of perfumes, body spray and roll on that Nigerians use daily? No Nigerian company is into its production, they are all imported.
Sometime last year Osun State Indigenes Organization, USA Chapter gave a scholarship award of N50,000 each to selected undergraduates. Very good idea. That some people in far away USA still think about their people at home despite the challenges here but if I had the opportunity, ill advice the group not to give them the money but instead provide opportunities for these people, things like internet accessibility or a Youth Centre to develop their minds.
Every Nigerian community has the power to create wealth for her people. The Ijebu’s can produce varieties of gari which if well processed and packaged can be a source of income for the people. Ikire people produce dodo Ikire that you cannot get in any other part of the world, a world class manufacturing plant can be built to assist the people. If government officials cannot think, tell our traditional rulers to think!
Money is not the problem of Nigerians but lack of knowledge, lack of information. Ability to see what is available.
The way we think and live is questionable. We should know by now that the greatest investment is in the people and not structures. A Nigerian will save for one year and spend his savings on the burial ceremony of his parent. My people will buy Mercedes Benz when their streets are not tarred and their neighbors cannot afford to send their children to school. Nigerians in diaspora will prefer to send money home to build gigantic houses, come home to throw big parties when the people they left behind are suffering.
Let’s get things right and stop blaming government. You and I can empower some people, change their lives and they will never forget us.
God bless you!